Moscow threatens the British government with an “adequate response” if they do not abandon the line of confrontation against Russia.
In a statement, the Russian embassy to London said that the UK will face Moscow’s tit-for-tat measures if they keep up a hostile attitude towards Russia.
The embassy is referring to the recent anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
“We urge, yet again, the British leadership to relinquish unjustified confrontational stance towards our country. There will be an adequate and proportionate response to any hostile act,” the embassy said.
The Russian diplomats pointed out that “rubber-stamping” sanctions against Moscow, including sanctions over the issue of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, had turned into “a process which is completely detached from actual facts and looks like a formality, a way to ‘mark anniversaries’.”
“We have stressed many times the need to share any information on ‘Alexey Navalny poisoning case’, to back up allegations with evidence. It is not quite clear why London has assumed a role of an ultimate arbitrator on this matter. Without any scruples, the British authorities make accusations, apportion blame, and impose punishment – all by themselves. This is a flagrant violation of the basic norms of administering justice, not to mention interference in internal affairs of another nation,” the statement says.
London imposed sanctions on seven officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), who are suspected to be involved in Navalny’s poisoning.
It is the second round of sanctions that London has slapped on Russia following the incident with Navalny. Last October, the UK sanctioned six Russian individuals. Among them were First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko and FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov.