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Former Russian president Dimitry Medvedev has strike out at France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire right after he claimed that Europe was waging economic war from Russia.

“We will carry about the collapse of the Russian economic climate,” Le Maire told the Franceinfo broadcaster immediately after France, the EU and other western governments explained they would impose a new spherical of sanctions on Moscow.

“The financial and economic stability of ability is totally in favour of the European Union which is in the method of getting its have financial electricity,” he claimed.

“We are waging total financial and economic war on Russia.”

But Medvedev, who is deputy chair of the Russian Stability Council, responded on Twitter that these rhetoric could have major repercussions.

“View your tongue, gentlemen,” reported Medvedev who led Russia among 2008 and 2012 right before starting to be President Vladimir Putin’s primary minister until 2020.

“And you should not forget about that in human heritage, economic wars rather frequently turned into authentic ones,” he included.

Le Maire later on told AFP that his language had been inappropriate. “We are not in conflict with the Russian men and women,” he additional.

French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to continue to keep open up a dialogue with Putin, with the two men talking once again on Monday.

But French ministers have been applying increasingly strident rhetoric to describe the western tactic of trying to strangle Russia’s overall economy and induce discomfort for Putin’s company allies.

Asset seizures

“The oligarchs have to have to view out mainly because the record of oligarchs that have been qualified by the EU is incredibly huge,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian explained to the BFM channel.

He explained they were remaining strike not only in their share portfolios but also with the possibility of asset seizures.

“So if I was an oligarch, in Russia or France, I’d be fearful,” he added.

On Monday, the EU added extra Kremlin-connected oligarchs and Putin’s spokesman to its sanctions blacklist.

Among the the significant-profile names had been Igor Sechin, head of the condition oil large Rosneft, and Nikolay Tokarev, manager of pipeline mammoth Transneft.

A few males ranked inside of Russia’s 10 richest by Forbes have been also additional: metals magnate Alexei Mordashov, tycoon Alisher Usmanov, and businessman Gennady Timchenko.

Le Drian additional: “I hope he (Putin) realises how the stability of electricity has shifted and that he has missing the data war.”

(With AFP)