0255 GMT August 13, 2020
On Monday, as part of post-Brexit measures, Britain imposed sanctions on 25 Russians allegedly involved in the death of lawyer and auditor Sergei Magnitsky, 20 Saudi nationals for their alleged involvement in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as two high-ranking generals from Myanmar for their alleged implication in violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority, Press TV reported.
Magnitsky died while he was in prison in 2009. He had exposed an alleged tax fraud scheme.
“We can only regret such unfriendly steps,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Reuters wrote.
“Of course, the principle of reciprocity and some kind of retaliatory response will apply to the extent that it suits the interests of the Russian Federation.”
In a statement issued on Monday, the Russian Embassy in London said, “The Russian side reserves the right to take retaliatory measures in connection with Britain’s hostile decision.”
The Russian Embassy said Moscow was particularly outraged by the sanctioning of judges, as well as Alexander Bastrykin, the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee and General Prosecutor’s Office.
“In Russia, investigators, prosecutors and judges carry out their responsibilities independently of executive authorities and are guided by law alone,” it said.
The new sanctions regime – the first of its kind in the UK – was announced to British MPs at the House of Commons by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Monday.