MOSCOW, 5 March – RIA Novosti. European Union sanctions against Russia may further deepen the differences, the parties need to cooperate on responding to global challenges, Bundestag deputy from the Left faction Andrei Khunko told RIA Novosti.
“The EU's relations with Russia have reached a historic low, which I very much regret. The recent decisions on sanctions are likely to further contribute to this,” said the German MP.
He noted that the EU's actions on the accusation of the Russian Federation and the imposition of sanctions “contradict the principles of the rule of law.” Such violations should be prosecuted by law, Hanko said.
At the same time, the deputy expressed the wish that instead of the gradual destruction of relations, the European Union and Russia should unite to fight the pandemic, global warming and threats to peace.
“For this, both sides must be ready to take measures on the path to detente,” the deputy added, pointing out that the EU needs to return to maintaining relations with Russia on the basis of mutual respect.
The European Union on Tuesday imposed sanctions for the first time under the new global regime for human rights violations against four Russian citizens for the arrest of Alexei Navalny. The sanctions list includes the chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin, director of the Russian Guard Viktor Zolotov, Prosecutor General of Russia Igor Krasnov and the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov. The United States, following the EU, announced the introduction of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow will unequivocally respond to possible US sanctions against Russia. The press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov noted that the Kremlin is confident that the policy of sanctions against Russia is not achieving its goal.