"We will have to respond," said in a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Vladimir Putin. He blamed Washington make this decision for their "reckless and irresponsible" actions
Russia contraatacará if the United States imposes sanctions
"As always in this type of situation, caused by the reckless and irresponsible actions of Washington, emphasize: this is not our choice", said Alexander Lukashevich, spokesman for the Ministry of Russian, according to a Reuters article.
The threats of sanctions began Monday with a document agreed by the European Union. "Without a brake the escalation on the part of Russia, the EU should decide the consequences in bilateral relations", said European Foreign Ministers in a declaration signed after the organized meeting of urgency in Brussels.
The agreed document CITES consequences for "bilateral discussions with the Russian authorities on visas", as well as on a new cooperation agreement.
"If there is no swift and concrete action to halt the Russian advance, be interrupted a series of contacts," said the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, who added that if "unchecked climbing before Thursday, these measures shall take effect".
On Tuesday, questioned by the legitimacy of the military advance according to international law, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said that Russia had "the request of the legitimate authority of Ukraine, Yanukovych, of protecting the inhabitants", which you would be enough to consider that their invasion not escaped to UN standards.
Putin acknowledged the claim of the Maidan, the opposition square which resisted the repression of Yanukovich, as a "change request", but warned that "fascist semi can fill the power vacuum"