Moscow to respond reciprocally if sanctions against Russia lifted - Kremlin

Russia will immediately take reciprocal steps once the sanctions against it are lifted

Russia will immediately take reciprocal steps once the sanctions against it are lifted, Russian Presidential Administration chief Sergei Ivanov said.

"If sanctions are lifted, we will cancel countersanctions immediately. This is obvious," Ivanov said in an interview with Sergei Brylyov, the presenter of the Vesti v Subbotu (News on Saturday) show on Rossiya-1 (VGTRK) TV channel, which was broadcast in Russia's Far East.

"I would like personally to see the sanctions against us be kept in place a little longer, not lifted as soon as possible. This is my personal opinion," Ivanov said.

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