Russia announced that it will respond with sanctions against the US, the EU and other countries who introduces sanctions against Russia, over its attack on Ukraine. Macedonia is among the countries that subscribed to the EU sanctions and will face Russian sanctions.

Valentina Matviyenko, President of the Upper House of the Russian Duma, said that the Russian sanctions will not be fully identical to those imposed on it, but will target points of weakness in the West. Matviyenko added that Europe is punishing itself with the sanctions, mainly with its ban on the Nordstream 2 gas pipeline project, as it will increase the price of gas in Europe.