Russia may toughen response to EU sanctions over Ukraine: Kremlin

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 18, 2015 4:27 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may toughen its response to European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis if the EU carries out a decision to extend the sanctions, Kremlin economic adviser Andrei Belousov said on Thursday.

He made his comments at the annual St Petersburg International Economic Forum, a day after EU governments agreed to extend the sanctions. Moscow's counter-sanctions include a ban on Western food imports.

Belousov also said there was no consensus yet on a debt restructuring deal for heavily indebted miner Mechel.

(Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; Writing by Timothy Heritage; Editing by Lidia Kelly)