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a high official Russian warned that Russia could answer the sanctions Westerners abandoning the most recent agreement with United States on nuclear weaponscutting diplomatic ties with Western countries and freezing their assets.

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The declaration of Dmitry MedvedevVice President of the Security Council of Russiaoccurred at a time when the bonds of Russia with the West fell to new lows due to its invasion of Ukraine.

Medvedev also warned that Moscow could restore the death penalty after Russia was expelled from Europe’s leading human rights group.

The sanctions Westerners imposed new restrictions to financial operations Russianincluding a draconian ban on technology exports to Russiaand froze the assets of Putin and his foreign minister.

The harsh response overshadowed the restrictions earlier Westerners. Washington and his allies said even harsher sanctions are possible, such as the expulsion of Russia of SWIFT, the dominant system for global financial transactions.

In sarcastic comments posted on a Russian social platform, Medvedev dismissed the sanctions as a sign of the “political impotence” westernsaying that they will only consolidate the Russian leadership and foment anti-Western sentiments.

“We are being expelled from everywhere, punished and threatened, but we are not afraid,” he added, mocking the sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies as an attempt to vindicate their past “shameful decisions, such as a cowardly withdrawal from Afghanistan”.

Medvedev was interim president of Russia in 2008-2012, when the now president Vladimir Putin he had to switch to the post of prime minister due to term limits. Putin later regained the presidency Medvedev he served as its prime minister for eight years.

Medvedev stressed that Western sanctions offer the Kremlin a trigger to completely overhaul its ties with the West, indicating that Russia could opt out of the new START nuclear arms control treaty, which limits the nuclear arsenals of United States and Russia.

The treaty, which Medvedev signed in 2010 with then-US President Barack Obama, limits each country to having no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and provides for general on-site inspections to verify compliance.

The pact, the last remaining control deal nuclear weapons Come in United States and Russiawas due to expire in February 2021, but Moscow and Washington extended it for another five years.

With AP information


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