Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is reported to have warned the U S that the sanctions it plans to impose against Moscow over the nerve-agent attack of a former spy could be treated as a declaration of an economic war.
He said that it could clearly a declaration of economic war if there is some ban on banks’ operations or on their use of one or another currency. He was reported as saying that if such banis imposed, it should be fought economically, politically, or, if needed, by other means. Medvedev has asked his American friends to understand this.
Washington had on Wednesday said it planned to punish Russia with sanctions for poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal with a chemical weapon earlier this year. The US had said the sanctions will go into effect around August 22.
Skripal, a former Russian spy who became a double agent for the U.K., fell into critical condition after being poisoned in Britain on March 4. His daughter Yulia, who was visiting him from Moscow, was also poisoned.