It also became known yesterday evening that the Russian Foreign Ministry had invited Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the United States, for consultations in Moscow. In diplomatic language, this means expressing dissatisfaction with the actions of the state where the ambassador is working. The United States, in turn, announced a new series of anti-Russian sanctions.
"As for the statement of my American colleague, we really, as he said, are personally acquainted. What would I answer him? I would tell him: be healthy! I wish him good health", - the Interfax news agency quoted Vladimir Putin words. The head of state noted that he said this "without irony and without jokes". Then he remembered a proverb from the childhood times - "whoever beknaves is personally of this same kind", and that everyone sees another person in the way he estimates himself.
"In the history of every nation, every state there are many very difficult, dramatic and bloody events. But when we evaluate other people, or when we evaluate even other states, other peoples, we always seem to look as if in a mirror, we always see ourselves there. Because we always shift onto another person what we ourselves breathe, what we are in essence", - said Vladimir Putin. - We, although they think that we are the same as they are, but we are other people, we have a different genetic and cultural and moral code. But we know how to defend our own interests. And we will work with them, but in those areas in which we ourselves are interested. And on those conditions that we consider beneficial for ourselves. And they will have to reckon with this".
New anti-Russian sanctions announced by Joseph Biden, meanwhile, led to a serious collapse of the ruble against the dollar and euro in the auctions on March 17.