When grilled over Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev’s statement that the US had opened “full-fledged economic war” against Russia during a press briefing in Washington DC, Thursday, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said “if that is what Russia is saying, Russia is certainly entitled to say that.”

Nauert stated that often international politicians could “say provocative things, and we may just need to settle things down a little bit.”

When pressed on Medvedev’s comments, Nauert replied “if that is what Russia is saying, Russia is certainly entitled to say that, and that’s as far as I’m going to go. I’m not going to take the bait on that.”

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