"In the event of further destructive actions of the European Union, Russia will not sit idly but will find appropriate ways and methods to influence the situation," the Permanent Envoy to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said. Moreover, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, described the sanctions as "a story scripted in advance."
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The reaction comes as the EU decided to expand punitive measures against Russia over opposition activist Alexei Navalny's jailing. The activist was recently sentenced to two years and six months in prison. This as the EU and the United States have tried to pressure the Kremlin to release him, which the Russian authorities have confirmed unlawful.
Diplomatic sources have told media outlets that sanctions could target four Russian officials, and some assets could be frozen, as the measures are expected to enter into force next month.