Russian Prime Minister said that if some sort of ban on banking activities or currency ban was imposed on Russia — it would mean a declaration of economic war.
"All I can say is: if they ban banking operations or the use of any currency we will call it a declaration of economic war. And we’ll have to respond to it – economically, politically or in any other way, if need be. Our American friends should make no mistake about it," he said during a trip to the Kamchatka region.
The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that it would lay out counter-measures to address the new sanctions.
The first package of the newly-announced US sanctions implies will include, according to media reports, a complete ban on the export of electronic devices and dual-use components to Russia, while the second one may imply a decrease in the level of diplomatic relations, a ban on flights by Russia's Aeroflot carrier to the US and almost complete suspension of US exports.