Russia views Western sanctions with 'irony and sarcasm': Kremlin

MOSCOW (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin's top foreign policy aide on Tuesday ridiculed the EU and US sanctions of visa bans and asset freezes imposed against Russian officials, saying Moscow viewed them with irony and sarcasm.

"You've heard comments of my colleagues who have been put on the sanctions list," the Interfax news agency quoted Kremlin's foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov as saying. "These sanctions are already a bore, they truly cause a sense of irony and even sarcasm." He declined to say whether Russia would slap counter sanctions against the West, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported.

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