Russia began to respond strongly, threatening to block gas valves to Europe

Russia began to respond strongly, threatening to block the gas valve to Europe - Photo 1.

Logo of German television station Deutsche Welle (DW) – Photo: REUTERS

According to AFP news agency, on March 28, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow was preparing measures to limit the entry of citizens of “unfriendly” countries, including Britain, all countries. in the European Union (EU) and the United States.

“A draft presidential decree is being drafted on retaliatory visa measures in response to the actions of certain ‘unfriendly’ countries. The act will introduce some entry restrictions into Russia. “, said Mr. Lavrov.

According to Russia’s RIA news agency, on March 28, Russian MP Ivan Abramov said that the refusal of the G7 group of leading industrialized countries to pay for gas contracts in rubles would lead to complete disruption of supply. Mr. Abramov is a member of the Economic Policy Committee at the Federation Council (Senate) of Russia.

Abramov’s comments came after German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on the same day that the G7 rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request to pay for gas purchases in rubles. When asked about the possibility of Russia stopping gas supplies, Habeck said the G7 is ready to respond to all scenarios. Germany currently holds the rotating Presidency of the G7.

On the same day, according to the TASS news agency, a notice on the website of the Russian Ministry of Justice said that the ministry had sent German radio German wave (DW) on the list of “foreign intelligence”.

“On March 28, in accordance with the current legislation of Russia, the Ministry of Justice of Russia added Deutsche Welle to the register of foreign mass media carrying out foreign intelligence functions,” the statement said. The Ministry of Justice of Russia stated.

This decision was made on the basis of documents received from the competent state authorities of Russia, according to TASS.

In early February, Russia announced its decision to close the office of DW station in Moscow. The Russian Government’s decision to close the office and revoke the license to practice as a DW Radio employee in Moscow is considered a “tit-for-tat” action with Germany.

Earlier, the German government banned the German-language channel of Russia’s state television Russia Today.

On March 27, newspaper Guardian Citing the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, Russian special forces have seized the watches of Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet in Russia.

The move was in response to sanctions banning Swiss exports of luxury goods to Russia in early March.

Russian authorities cited customs violations as the reason for the seizure of Audemars Piguet watches. However, Swiss Foreign Ministry officials said that this was a move to retaliate against them.

On March 8, Audemars Piguet said the company had stopped exporting to Russia and halted retail operations in Russia.

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