“Insignificant, baseless and impotent”: Russia vows retaliation as US announces new round of Crimea sanctions

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Washington is to impose new sanctions on Russian individuals and entities operating in Crimea, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker announced. Russian officials brushed the news aside. Volker, who spoke to journalists at a conference in Belgium, said the latest round of Crimea sanctions, which is to be officially unveiled later on Thursday, will punish those involved in “Russia’s attempts to integrate” the formerly Ukrainian region. Crimea voted in a referendum in 2014 to break up from Ukraine and rejoin Russia after a US-backed armed coup in Kiev deposed Ukraine’s elected government. Russia’s response to the latest round of sanctions will mirror the US move in political terms and would be measured in economic sphere to ensure that the retaliation does not hurt Russia’s interests, remarked Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Russian Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

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