Moscow to respond to Washington's anti-Crimean sanctions - Ushakov

Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov has expressed hope for swift recognition by the United States of the uselessness of its sanctions against Russia and suggested that Moscow would respond to Washington's restrictive measures against Crimea.

Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov has expressed hope for swift recognition by the United States of the uselessness of its sanctions against Russia and suggested that Moscow would respond to Washington's restrictive measures against Crimea.

"It took Americans over 50 years to recognize the uselessness of sanctions against Cuba. As for the sanctions against Russia, these, unfortunately, are still building up but we would like to hope that realization in the Russia story will come sooner,"Ushakov said at a briefing on Monday.

Moscow will consider retaliatory measures in response to the U.S. sanctions against Crimea, he said.

"So far it is difficult for me to say specifically what will be done in response, but obviously some measures will be considered. What they will be like in nature, I don't know what yet. Above all, further sanctions should not worsen the general situation worldwide, the general economic situation, including in our country," Ushakov said.

The crisis "in the relations between the two biggest nuclear powers certainly is not conducive to stability in international affairs, nor to the provision of international security as a whole," he said.

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