Moscow plans ‘asymmetrical’ response to West’s ‘unfriendly’ acts

Moscow will reply to ongoing hostile strikes by the West in a “reciprocal manner,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated, warning that an “asymmetrical” response may be on the playing cards.

Speaking at a press convention after assembly his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Friday, Lavrov cautioned the West on forthcoming penalties to its “unfriendly moves.”

“We reaffirmed our intention to continue to show an exceptionally restrained approach, not to create problems artificially, but we will, of course, react to the unfriendly steps that the West is taking,” the highest diplomat stated.

We will act in a reciprocal method, and if essential, additionally asymmetrically.

Lavrov additionally condemned the more and more “aggressive” conduct of NATO in direction of Russia, noting the bloc’s “deployment of additional forces to the Black Sea region,” in addition to sending “unusual” quantities of fight vessels into the area.

At the identical time, Lavrov stated he’d mentioned together with his French counterpart methods to interrupt out of the impasse in Moscow-EU relations.

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Russia’s prime diplomat additionally revealed it had earlier been attainable to talk with the President of the European Council Charles Michel on the sidelines of the worldwide convention on Libya, and the “need to somehow normalize the situation between Moscow and Brussels” had been mentioned.

Persistently chilly relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated additional in latest days amid the continued migrant disaster alongside the Belarus-Poland border. Warsaw has explicitly blamed Russia for the disaster, claiming Moscow was behind the actions of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who it alleges has tried to spark a disaster by encouraging migrants into the EU. Russia has denied any involvement within the ongoing disaster.

Tensions had been additional stirred up by US media, which reported this week, citing high-ranking officers, that Washington had warned its EU companions of a “potential invasion” allegedly deliberate by Moscow towards Ukraine.

Moscow strongly rejected the allegations on Friday, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying such headlines are “empty” and “unfounded.”

“This is not the first publication and not the first statement by the US that they are concerned about the movement of our armed forces in Russia,” Peskov instructed reporters. “We have repeatedly said that the movement of our armed forces on our own territory should be of no concern to anyone. Russia poses no threat to anyone.”

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