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Friday, August 10, 2018, 18:03
Moscow to regard more US sanctions as economic war
By Reuters
Friday, August 10, 2018, 18:03 By Reuters

In this July 31, 2017 photo, a Russian national flag flies next to the US national flag at the US embassy building in Moscow, Russia. (MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP)

MOSCOW - Russia would consider it an economic war if the United States imposed a ban on banks or a particular currency, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday, the TASS state news agency said.

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"I would not like to comment on talks about future sanctions, but I can say one thing: If some ban on banks' operations or on the use of one or another currency follows, it would be possible to clearly call it a declaration of economic war," Medvedev said during his visit to the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

"And we'll have to respond to it - economically, politically or in any other way, if need be. Our American friends should make no mistake about it," he added.

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On Wednesday the US State Department announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the latter's alleged use of chemical weapons on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom in March.

Moscow regards these sanctions as unfriendly moves harmful to the constructive atmosphere created after the recent summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, the Kremlin said. 

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