December 17, 2022, 17:47 – Public News Service – OSN

Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russia Maria Zakharova on Saturday, December 17, commented on the introduction of new sanctions.

Recall, the Council of the European Union on Friday, December 16, officially announced the approval of the ninth package of sanctions against Russia.

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According to her, they will be, like the previous ones, futile, but the European authorities cannot even admit it to themselves.

“The EU leaders are unable to get out of the vicious circle of restrictions and recognize the futility of all anti-Russian sanctions and the policy of pressure on Russia,” Zakharova said.

On February 24, Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in his address to the citizens of the Russian Federation, announced the start of a military special operation in the Donbass. He stressed that Moscow’s plans do not include the occupation of Kyiv, but it will strive with all its might to demilitarize Ukraine. After that, a number of countries imposed sanctions against Russia and its individual representatives.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry predicted that the European Union would face an aggravation of socio-economic problems after the adoption of new sanctions against Russia. Read more about this in material Public news service.