Russia is able to take asymmetrical and forceful measures if the United States introduces tougher sanctions on Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Britain and the United States said on Sunday they were considering imposing additional sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his supporters for their actions in Syria’s war.
Ryabkov was in the lower house of parliament discussing legislation related to the suspension of a treaty with Washington on cleaning up weapons-grade plutonium, something President Vladimir Putin suspended this month.
Relations at 40-year low
Russia’s UN ambassador said last Friday that tensions with the United States are probably the worst since the 1973 Israeli-Arab war. But Vitaly Churkin said Cold War relations in 1973 were different than U.S.-Russia relations today.
Churkin said in an interview Friday with three reporters that “the general situation I think is pretty bad at this point, probably the worst … since 1973.”
Full article: Russia: Ready With Forceful, Asymmetrical Measures if U.S. Adds Sanctions (Haaretz)