&# 171; We do not want to isolate ourselves from world life, but we must be ready for this&# 187;
Russia is ready to sever relations with the European Union in the event of a significant tightening of the sanctions regime against Moscow.
This was stated by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. According to him, the Russian authorities do not want to isolate themselves from world life, but are ready for this..
According to the minister in an interview with journalist Vladimir Solovyov, such a decision can be made if Moscow sees sanctions against itself, which pose risks to the Russian economy..
Lavrov was asked if Russia is moving towards a break with the EU.
“We proceed from the assumption that we are ready. If we see again, as we have already felt more than once, that sanctions are imposed in some areas, which create risks for our economy, including in the most sensitive areas, – yes, ”said the minister.
According to him, Russia does not want to be isolated “from world life”, but must be ready for this.
“If you want peace, prepare for war,” concluded Lavrov.
The statement was made after the EU authorities spoke about the preparation of a new package of restrictions against Russia after the poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
The preparation of sanctions was announced at a session of the European Parliament after a visit to Moscow and a meeting with Lavrov, by the head of the European Union’s foreign policy, Josep Borrell. At the meeting, the deputies harshly criticized him for the EU’s soft attitude to Russian politics.
The diplomat said that during the trip he made sure that Moscow did not plan to improve relations with Brussels. He said that Russia did not live up to Europe’s expectations of choosing a democratic course and does not plan to move towards the rule of law..
The day before, Reuters, citing sources, reported that after the decision of the Russian court to send Navalny to a colony, new EU sanctions may affect the circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin.. The assets of people close to him may be frozen, they may be prohibited from traveling to the EU. This is exactly what Navalny’s associates want from Western diplomats.
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