The Russian foreign minister said they did not rule out the possibility of cutting ties with the EU if they were imposed with heavy economic sanctions.
“We deal with the fact that we are ready for that,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview posted on the country’s Foreign Ministry website today, when asked whether Moscow intends to cut ties with the European Union (EU) or not.
He said this could happen if Russia “once again sees sanctions on a number of sectors that pose risks to the economy, including the most sensitive ones”. “We don’t want to isolate ourselves from global life, but be ready for that. If you want peace, prepare for war,” Lavrov said.
A German Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Russian foreign minister’s comments were “really confusing and confusing”. The Kremlin then offered a softer interpretation of Lavrov’s statement that Russia wanted to develop relations with the EU instead of cutting it off, but Moscow felt it had to be ready for Brussels to make the move.
“If the EU goes that way then we should be ready, because you have to be prepared for the worst case scenario. If you are faced with an extremely lack of constructive situation, it damages our structure and interests Of course Russia must be ready for such unfriendly moves in advance, “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Relations between Russia and the West, which have been strained since the Cold War, are exacerbated by the arrest of opposition activist Alexei Navalny. Three European diplomats anonymous yesterday revealed that the EU is likely to impose a travel ban and freeze the assets of President Vladimir Putin’s allies as early as this month. Russia last week expelled Polish, Swedish and German diplomats, prompting the three countries to respond similarly.
Luster (According to the Reuters)