Medvedev tells French finance minister to 'watch his words'
After his vow to wage "economic & financial war" on Russia, Medvedev told the French Finance Minister to choose his words carefully.
Dmitri Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, has warned French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to "watch his words" after the official promised that the EU will launch a thorough "economic and financial war" against Russia.
Medvedev tweeted that "Some French minister out there said today that they have declared 'economic war' on us. Watch your speech, gentlemen! And do not forget that economic wars in the history of mankind often turned into real ones."
Today, some French minister has said that they declared an economic war on Russia. Watch your tongue, gentlemen! And don’t forget that in human history, economic wars quite often turned into real ones— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) March 1, 2022
During a radio interview with France Info radio, Le Maire claimed that the sanctions imposed by the US, Europe, and their Western allies, would cause Russia's economy to collapse.
The statement mirrors those of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday when he said the European Union sanctions are aimed at "strangling" Russia's economic functions.
"We need to be tough in our response, so the sanctions that we will propose will be large-scale," he underlined.
The #West is, once again, using economic sanctions to smother nations whose actions do not align with their imperialist plans.— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) March 1, 2022
The Central Bank of #Russia announced that its financial infrastructure will work with no hindrances.#Ukraine #RussiaUkraine pic.twitter.com/zWApev2Adk
In response to the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the French minister stated that Brussels will fight a thorough "economic and financial war" against Russia.
Bruno Le Maire noted that he would be addressing TotalEnergies and Engie's business in Russia with their leaders.
His remarks came after Paris said on Monday that it will be identifying Russians with properties in France as part of the EU's new sanctions package.