"We are sorry that the European Union has adopted a new round of sanctions. We have repeatedly expressed our discontent with the previously-imposed sanctions and our disagreement with them. We also considered them illegal," Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
The EU decision "is absolutely beyond understanding and explanation," Peskov added, especially given Russia's recent efforts to help stop the bloodshed in Ukraine and peacefully resolve the conflict between Kiev and southeastern regions.
Comment: The EU and their masters in the US couldn't care less. They keep using these sanctions as a part of their campaign to demonize Russia and Putin, to remind the world every once in a while how bad Putin is, before their propaganda goes down the memory hole. Never mind the fact that these sanctions keep backfiring and despite the fact that they are based on complete lies.
Putin is damned if he does, damned if he doesn't! Obama readying new sanctions on Russia despite peace agreement in Ukraine
The presidential spokesman stressed that Brussels either fails to see or "is unwilling to see the real situation in Donbass and does not want to get informed about the steps the parties are taking towards settlement."