Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Moscow will respond to any unfriendly actions by the United States, commenting on press reports that Washington is considering expelling Russian diplomats and imposing new sanctions on the country.
"We will respond to any unfriendly steps. This falls under its own weight," Lavrov told a joint press conference with his Kazakh counterpart, Mukhtar Tleuberi.
US President Joe Biden immediately after taking office ordered an investigation into possible hostile Russian actions, including cyberattacks, meddling in the US election, the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the payment of bounties for the murder of US servicemen in Afghanistan.
According to a US media report, the investigation has been completed and the White House is now considering expelling Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions on senior Moscow officials.
"I've read reports that the (US) administration has completed its review of Russia's hostile actions. They have done it very quickly, because they accuse us of such a number of sins and that cannot be done in a couple of weeks, not even in a couple of months," Lavrov said.
The Russian minister said Washington's policy towards Russia leads nowhere and is unproductive in terms of the goals proclaimed when the first sanctions were imposed.
"This situation has been repeated many times and these actions persuade us of only one thing: we must rely on our own forces, because neither the United States nor its allies are reliable partners, and in key areas for the functioning of the state we cannot depend on their moods and on which foot they stand on", he stressed.