MOSCOW, February 13 – RIA Novosti. The European Union took note of the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about relations with the EU, as well as the Kremlin's comments on this matter, said the spokesman for the European Foreign Policy Service Peter Stano.
“We want to build relations with Russia on our values, on our interests, on respect for international law and the obligations assumed, for example, within the framework of international organizations,” the diplomat said.
At the same time, he stressed that at present, relations between Moscow and Brussels cannot be called good.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov outlined the conditions for a successful dialogue with the European Union.
“On the basis of mutual respect, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, interaction, where they and we have an interest,” the head of the diplomatic department said on the YouTube channel Soloviev Live.
At the same time, Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to break off relations with official Brussels. This will happen if the European partners come up with a corresponding initiative.
Russia will never initiate the termination of relations with the European Union. This statement was made by the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.
According to him, the meaning of the Foreign Minister's statements was distorted and presented by “sensational headlines” in the media. “They presented <…> in such a way that Russia would almost initiate a break in relations with the European Union itself,” the Kremlin spokesman said.
In general, speaking about the likelihood of such a scenario, Peskov noted that Moscow should be self-sufficient, ensure security in the most sensitive strategic areas, and should be ready to “replace with national infrastructure everything that may be deprived of us.”
New sanctions against Russia
During a visit to Moscow last week, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, met with Sergei Lavrov. He assured that Brussels is in favor of dialogue with Moscow, despite the difficulties in relations, and urged not to create a “wall of silence.”
After returning to Brussels, Borrell announced his intention to propose new sanctions against Russia.
According to him, this issue will be considered at a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU on February 22, and then in March at a summit.
Borrell noted that Russia “did not live up to expectations” and “did not become a modern democracy.” He also said that Brussels is disappointed with the current level of relations with Moscow. The cause of tension between Russia and the EU, he said, is the conflicts in Ukraine, Transnistria, as well as the situation in Belarus.
According to Bloomberg, the EU permanent representatives on February 11 have already discussed the results of Borrell's visit to Moscow and further steps, including sanctions, due to the situation with Navalny. EU Foreign Service spokesman Peter Stano declined to comment on the discussion, specifying that work continues
Official Moscow is ready to respond proportionately to the new EU sanctions if Brussels introduces them. This statement was made by the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Recent calls for new restrictions are not surprising, the diplomat concluded.