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Sergey Zheleznyak: “Despite the unfriendly policy of Kiev, Russia remained the economic partner of Ukraine in a number of areas”

Countermeasures of the Russian Federation against Ukraine are long overdue and are a forced step, which Moscow is being pushed by the aggressive actions of the Ukrainian authorities, said Sergey Zheleznyak, a member of the State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on retaliatory measures against the sanctions of Kiev, reports the press service of the Cabinet. The restrictions will affect 322 individuals and 68 legal entities. They provide for the freezing of cash, securities and property, as well as a ban on the withdrawal of capital from Russia. In particular, the measures will affect judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, deputies of the Rada, major Ukrainian businessmen, and officials of the administration of Petro Poroshenko.

“The decision of the leadership of our state to impose retaliatory restrictive measures against a number of officials and enterprises of Ukraine is long overdue and is a forced step to which Russia is being pushed by the aggressive actions of the Ukrainian authorities. Despite Kiev’s unfriendly policy, Russia remained Ukraine’s economic partner in a number of areas. At the same time, the Kiev authorities continued to regularly introduce illegal sanctions against Russian companies and citizens, without any evidence accusing them of violating Ukrainian laws,” Zheleznyak said.

The politician stressed that the introduction of sanctions by Russia is aimed at protecting their national interests from destructive actions on the part of Kiev.

“The Kiev authorities are constantly forcing anti-Russian hysteria and introducing more and more illegal sanctions. Hiding behind NATO’s back, Kiev threatens our country, arranges transport blockades and provocations on the border with Russia, unfoundedly accuses aggression in Donbass, tries to turn the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine into outcasts, calls for military actions against the Russian Crimea, persecutes our journalists,” – he said.

The politician stressed that Russia will not allow anyone to threaten with impunity, violate the rights of Russians, to encroach on the sovereignty and national interests of the country.

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