Russia will not leave unanswered possible new sanctions from Western countries, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel.
“The principle of reciprocity in international affairs has not been canceled. Let’s see what the new sanctions will be, we will of course react. It is impossible to leave it without reaction, ”he said.
Earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the German authorities are considering all options for a reaction to what happened to the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) Alexei Navalny, including the suspension of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
The day before, Lavrov called the actions of the German authorities ridiculous. According to him, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia turned to the German side with a request to provide information about the results of Navalny’s examination on August 27, but the request was “stuck” at the German Foreign Ministry. On September 3, he was sent to the country’s justice authorities, after which Germany sent a letter to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This document states that, according to German experts, Navalny was poisoned by Novichok. There were no other communications between Berlin and the OPCW, Lavrov stressed.
Later, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin, said that Berlin was refusing to hand over materials on the Navalny case to Moscow, since they were a state secret.
On August 22, Navalny was taken to the Berlin clinic Charite from Omsk. According to the statements of the German authorities, traces of Novichok were found in Navalny’s body, despite the fact that the doctors from Omsk who saved his life did not find traces of poison based on the results of 60 tests. Later, Charite stated that they brought the politician out of a medical coma and that he is reacting to others.