MOSCOW, May 20. /TASS/. The sanctions imposed on Russia will apparently stay in effect for a very long time, possibly, decades, and the special military operation in Ukraine is not the reason, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, said at a meeting of the inter-departmental commission for creating a national system of protection from new infections in Moscow on Friday.
"We are well aware that the introduced sanctions will apparently stay in effect for a very long time. And this is not connected with Russia’s special operation in Ukraine. Obviously, these sanctions will last long, the way it was in the past, including the Soviet era. In other words, for decades," he stated.
For this reason, he said, Russia should rely entirely on its own resources.
"This applies to the theme that we are discussing today. This theme is of great importance to ensuring the country’s security," he explained, while speaking on the situation at Russian laboratories, including shortages of equipment and test animals resulting from sanctions. He called on all those present to present concrete proposals within the tightest deadlines.