The United States is addicted to sanctions, and hardly anyone approves of this in the world, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday, responding to a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Earlier, Pompeo spoke about possible consequences over the situation with Russian blogger Alexey Navalny, TASS reports.
"As for the US sanctions addiction, it is difficult to name it in another way, it is well-known to everyone, to all countries of the world, and hardly anyone approves of such activity," Peskov said.
In his interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper published on Monday, Pompeo stated that the use of chemical weapons was unacceptable and there was no reason to anticipate the United States would not react in a situation with blogger Alexey Navalny, who was poisoned with a nerve agent, according to German claims. The US Secretary of State noted that Washington would wait for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) test results of the samples taken from Navalny.
Navalny was rushed to a local hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk on August 20 after collapsing on a Moscow-bound flight from Tomsk. He fell into a coma and was put on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. On August 22, he was airlifted to Berlin and admitted to the Charite hospital.
On September 2, Berlin claimed that having examined Navalny’s test samples, German government toxicologists had come to the conclusion that the blogger had been affected by a toxic agent belonging to the Novichok family.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia was ready for comprehensive cooperation with Germany. He pointed out that no poisonous substances had been detected in Navalny’s system prior to his transfer to Berlin. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the German Foreign Office had not provided the Russian ambassador with any proof of its version of the incident.