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Russian diplomat says country will respond to expected US sanctions by growing economy

Russia vowed to “respond with action” to the expected U.S. sanctions package against the country by growing its economy, Russian state media reported Thursday.

“You know, we will respond with action pertaining to development of our own economy, evolution and strengthening of ties with partners which, unlike the Western minority continuing thinking in colonial and neocolonial terms, have deal-making abilities and build up their economic ties in interests of their people, by raising the standard of living for citizens and providing for prosperity,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters after a G20 meeting of foreign ministers on Thursday, Russian state media TASS reported.

The sanctions package is expected to come Friday, a week after the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The package is aimed at holding Russia…

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