Bilateral sanctions should not harm ordinary citizens, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric said during a briefing on Wednesday, March 9.
Commenting on the difficulties with the supply of COVID-19 vaccines from Russia as a result of the introduction of restrictive measures, he admitted that he did not know exactly about the impact of sanctions on this process. .
“But obviously, and this has always been our principled position, that sanctions should not harm civilians,” Dujarric is quoted as saying.RIA News“.
On March 9, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that the Russian government is working to increase the resilience of the economy against the backdrop of sanctions. As Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov emphasized, the measures taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are systemic and correspond to the current “extraordinary, unfriendly conditions.”
Also on Wednesday, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the EU continues to tighten sanctions against Russia, new measures will affect cryptocurrencies and technology exports.
The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on anti-crisis measures. Now the government will be able to carry out additional indexation of insurance pensions, the pension coefficient and the fixed payment to pensions during 2022.
The sanctions came against the backdrop of an operation to protect the Donbass, which Moscow announced on February 24. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) announced the evacuation of residents in the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the LPR and the DPR.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.
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