On October 24, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov announced that Moscow prepared a “non-symmetrical response” to the potential toughening of the anti-Russian sanctions by the U.S. Last week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that president Barack Obama is considering various options, while British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson made a similar claim, underscoring that it’s important for the West to continue pressuring the Kremlin. The sanctions issue has been vigorously discussed both in Europe and the United States after the suspension of the U.S.-Russia ceasefire talks over Syria as Vladimir Putin continues bombing Aleppo to help Bashar Assad conquering the city currently controlled by the rebels.

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