Russia will mirror any sanctions - deputy economy minister

MOSCOW, March 13 Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:24am EDT

MOSCOW, March 13 (Reuters) - Russia will impose symmetrical sanctions if the United States and European Union impose their own, Deputy Economy Minister Alexei Likhachev said on Thursday.

"We are ready for any eventuality," Likhachev told journalists. "We will mirror (any actions)."

He also said the ministry hoped that any sanctions would be political not economic. "One would like to wish that if the European Union decides to impose any sanctions they will not restrain business cooperation," Likhachev said.

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