Russia will have to retaliate against the possible fresh sanctions in an asymmetric manner and flights in the Russian airspace may be limited, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
"If there are sanctions related to energy and further restrictions on our financial sector, we will have to respond in an asymmetric way. I have announced some of these decisions, for example transportation restrictions, at a government meeting," Medvedev said in an interview with Vedomosti given on the occasion of the newspaper's 15th anniversary.
"We will have to respond to the restrictions imposed on us. If Western airlines have to bypass our airspace, many airlines, which are already barely surviving, may go bankrupt," the premier said.
But this is an undesirable turn of events, Medvedev said. "This is a bad scenario. I would like our partners to realize that at some point," he said.
The premier stressed that additional sanctions would not help bring peace to Ukraine. "They miss and this is understood by an absolute majority of politicians. This is simply the inertia of thinking and, unfortunately, the wish to use force in international relations," Medvedev said.
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