Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Karlov told a news conference on Tuesday that Moscow would not accept any kind of sanctions imposed by the United States on Moscow.
He added that the sanctions were an attempt to destabilize Russia and harm the economy.
“If they really want to destabilise Russia, they should start from the ground up by eliminating the problems in the country, and that’s why we will not allow sanctions to be imposed,” Karlov said.
He said Russia would work with the international community to “stop all the dangerous consequences that would result from the implementation of such measures.”
The U.K. and Germany have imposed sanctions on Russian officials and companies since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine.
The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions last year on the Russian parliament and other officials for alleged meddling in the U.N. General Assembly.
In a statement, the U:S.
State Department said Moscow was “continuing its destabilizing behavior by using proxy groups and its annexation of Crimea as a pretext for expanding its sphere of influence in the Black Sea region.”
Karlov, who is also the deputy head of the Russian Federal Security Service, said Moscow had “taken actions in support of hostile groups” in Ukraine and that Russia was working with the European and U. S. governments to “avoid further deterioration in the relations between our two countries.”
Russia has also denied any involvement in the deaths of the two American diplomats, which prompted the U-S.
to impose new sanctions in response.