Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive. In response to the restrictive measures, Russia has imposed a food embargo on some products originating in countries that have targeted it with sanctions.
“Of course, I don’t rule out an extension [of responsive measures],” Ulyukayev told journalists, adding “as long as sanctions are in place, counter-sanctions will remain in place, and this seems to me to be the tradition of business turnover and is a completely normal situation. This is not our choice. We never bring this topic up with our European colleagues, it is they who bring it up.”