Russian Foreign Minister said that if the United States were to impose more sanctions against Russia, the country would risk severing relations with Moscow.

Iran PressEurope: The United States, the UK, and some of its allies have accused Russia of plotting to invade Ukraine while threatening Moscow with dire economic consequences, but senior Russian officials have repeatedly denied the allegations, warning Washington and NATO of the consequences of Ukraine's accession to NATO.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that Moscow is ready for any scenario in escalating tensions with Western countries.

Regarding the threat of (new) sanctions, the Americans were told during the contacts of the presidents that the package (of new sanctions) being considered by Washington, including a complete shutdown of those financial and economic systems controlled by the West, would be equivalent to breaking off ties," Lavrov said.

The West understands this and such a scenario would clearly not be in anyone's interests, the foreign minister said during an interview with leading Russian media outlets.

He pointed out how Western officials were inflating the situation regarding Ukraine, "hysterically" demanding a de-escalation and calling on Russia to "choose diplomacy."

Lavrov stressed that Russia has chosen the path of diplomacy for a long time and has always adhered to the principle that no state should strengthen its own security at the expense of others. 219