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‘Russia will mirror any sanctions’

Moscow - Russia will impose symmetrical sanctions if the United States and European Union impose their own, Deputy Economy Minister Alexei Likhachev said on Thursday.

“We are ready for any eventuality,” Likhachev told journalists. “We will mirror (any actions).”

Russian light infantry fighting vehicles drive along roads in the west Russian town of Vesyolaya Lopan about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Ukrainian border, March 12, 2014. Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days. Credit: Reuters

He also said the ministry hoped that any sanctions would be political not economic.

“One would like to wish that if the European Union decides to impose any sanctions they will not restrain business cooperation,” Likhachev said. - Reuters

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