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West’s sanction pressure to produce no effect in Russia — official

October 02, 2014, 14:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said sanction pressure the West used in the Balkans 20 years ago would produce no effect in Russia
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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

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MOSCOW, October 2. /TASS/. Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday the West’s pressure on the Balkans 20 years ago would produce no effect in Russia.

He was commenting on media reports saying the EU can expand sanctions against Russia if militias seize the airports of Donetsk and Mariupol.

“Twenty years ago the West acted in the Balkans in the same way, by imposing sanctions on Belgrade for what had happened in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina. But Russia is not the Balkans. The West should not forget about this,” Rogozin wrote on Facebook.

On October 1, Bloomberg reported that the European Union was ready to impose additional restrictive measures on Russia if pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine establish control over the Donetsk airport and the city of Mariupol.

Such development of the situation will have unpredictable consequences, Bloomberg said.

Infographics Map of combat actions in Ukraine's east on September 22-28 Map of combat actions in Ukraine's east on September 22-28
Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk was shelled on September 28. Artillery fire hit Kuibyshevsky district of the city. Infographics by TASS

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