Russia will respond […] seizing the funds of foreigners and foreign companies in Russiathe RIA news agency said on Saturday, quoting Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Security Council.
Moscow has also suspended launches from the Kourou space base in French Guiana and recalled its technical staff in response to European Union (EU) sanctions, the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced.
Some 87 people currently in French Guiana are called upon to return to Russia. The European aeronautics and space sector has several partnerships with Russia.
Roscosmos has a joint venture with Arianespace, Starsem, to operate the Soyuz rocket. In principle, it should launch eight Soyuz rockets in 2022, three from Kourou (including the French spy satellite CSO-3) and five from the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
In the absence of Soyuz rockets, Europe would not have its own capacity to launch certain satellites before the implementation of Ariane 6, whose first flight is expected at the end of the year.
Moscow’s decisions are a response to the European Council, which decided on Thursday evening to ban the export to Russia of aircraft, parts and equipment from the aeronautics and space industry.
Earlier on Saturday, the eurozone central bank hinted that Russia’s exclusion from the SWIFT global payment system was a matter of
Russia no longer needs diplomatic ties with the Westsaid former president and top security official Dmitry Medvedev.
Speaking on social media, he writes that it was time to
padlock the embassies. He added that Moscow will continue its operation in Ukraine until it achieves the goals set by President Vladimir Putin.
Aid and sanctions from the West
The United States announced $350 million in new military aid to Ukraine on Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Saturday.
This assistance will include new defensive military assets that will enable Ukraine to combat the armored, airborne and other threats it faces today.Blinken said in a statement.
This is another clear signal that the United States stands with the people of Ukraine as they defend their sovereign, courageous and proud nation.added the Secretary of State.
The United States took a new step on Friday by imposing sanctions on Vladimir Putin himself and on his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Canada, theEU and the United Kingdom were quick to imitate Washington in this rare and symbolic act.
A commercial ship, suspected of belonging to a Russian company targeted by the sanctions taken by theEUwas intercepted in the English Channel, announced the French authorities.
Russia, for its part, announced the closure of its airspace to planes coming from Bulgaria, Poland or the Czech Republic in retaliation for a similar measure taken by these countries.
The Czech Republic has announced that it will donate machine guns, automatic and precision rifles, pistols and ammunition to Ukraine, worth 7.6 million euros (10.8 million Canadian dollars).
The Netherlands also indicated that they would provide missiles and military equipment intended for
ukrainian self-defense against Moscow.