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MOSCOW, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has imposed reciprocal sanctions against a number of American officials and lawmakers, the diplomatic service said in a statement on Thursday.
“We have repeatedly warned that applying sanctions is a double-edged issue and would hit as a boomerang the USA itself. It is unacceptable and counterproductive to speak with our country in this way, as Washington could find out many times,” the Foreign Ministry noted. “However, the American side, as it seems, continues pinning faith on efficiency of such methods taken from the arsenal of the past, and does not want to admit the obvious: Crimeans have democratically and in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for the reunification with Russia, which respects and accepts this choice. Such a decision can be pleasant or not, but this refers to reality that should be faced.”
“There cannot be any doubts: on every hostile step we will respond in an adequate way,” the ministry stressed.