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PETROPAVLOVK-KAMCHATSKY, September 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is able to adequately react to threats directed against it, Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a meeting on social and economic development of the Far-Eastern Kamchatka Territory, Matviyenko said that nowadays “an unprecedented propagandistic campaign has been launched against Russia and within its framework Russia is accused of all mortal sins for no reason and without any proofs.”
Aspirations of NATO and the Unites States to build up their strategic potential, to move NATO’s machine of war to the borders of Russia and to weaken it economically with the help of sanctions were becoming more and more evident, she said.
“Nothing will come of it,” she said, pointing out that Russia “is able as a self-sufficient country having self-respect to react adequately to these threats.”
“Russia has been carrying out and will carry out an independent foreign policy and it is respected in the world for this,” the speaker said. “Russia has been defending and will defend its national interests and its security.”
“The sanctions imposed on Russia are, of course, sensitive but not dramatic,” Matviyenko said. “Nobody will be able to undermine Russia’s economy.”
“We do not want confrontation, we do not want any isolation but, along with this, we should increase trade with partners from other countries, from other regions of the world and take more active steps aimed at protecting the national economy,” she said.