“We see that in the markets this reaction is extremely emotional, it is not based on any scientific data, because they simply do not exist yet,” Peskov said in response to a question whether the new strain is dangerous for the economy and energy.

He also stressed that such a reaction from the markets is short-lived.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that at the moment Russia does not see the need to take urgent measures in the oil market due to the emergence of a new strain of the coronavirus omicron.  

On November 25, it became known that scientists have identified a new strain of coronavirus in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong, which could potentially become the most dangerous.

Later it was designated by the Greek letter "omicron".