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Russia ready to take countermeasures in retaliatory to West’s sanctions

September 01, 2014, 17:35 UTC+3 TULA
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TULA, September 01./ITAR-TASS/. Russia will take countermeasures in retaliatory to the West’s new sanctions, Federation Council (upper house) chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said on Monday.

“We have serious steps and countermeasures if the spiral of sanctions is widen,” she said, adding that Russia did not support such measures.

However, she said if Western politicians forced Russia to take retaliatory measures “it will be a hell to pay”.

“The EU rhetoric changed” after Russia banned imports of beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheese, dairy products, fruit and vegetables from Australia, Canada, Norway, the US and the EU for one year on August 7.

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