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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A brand new spherical of British sanctions towards Russian people over alleged human rights abuses in Chechnya is “unfounded” and Moscow might retaliate, the Russian International Ministry mentioned on Saturday.

“Undoubtedly, this politically-charged demarche could have a unfavourable impression on Russian-British interstate relations,” the ministry mentioned, including Russia “reserves the appropriate to take acceptable countermeasures.”

Britain mentioned on Thursday it was imposing sanctions on 11 people, together with safety figures and officers from Russia, Venezuela, Pakistan and Gambia, in a coordinated transfer with the USA on human rights violations.

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