Soldiers stand guard at the base of Ukrainian self-defense battalion "Azov" in the southern coastal town of Mariupol, September 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Moscow will respond "asymmetrically" to new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, possibly targeting flights over Russia, if its Western partners press on with "the temptation to use force in international relations," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.Blaming the West for damaging the Russian economy by triggering several rounds of "stupid" sanctions, Medvedev underlined Moscow's belief it was occupying the higher ground in the worst confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Russia may have been too patient in responding to sanctions imposed so far by the United States and European Union over Moscow's role in Ukraine, he told the Russian daily Vedomosti. Medvedev said the sanctions had done little to bring "calm in Ukraine".Calling sanctions "a stupid idea," Medvedev said economic measures often became political and hinted that Russia could rethink its commitment to global security cooperation.
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