Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia should use a "safety net" when dealing with the European Union. According to him, the EU wants to "punish" the Russian Federation.
He is confident that Brussels is "sacrificing" its strategic and geo-economic interests, as it wants to keep up with the United States in "punishing Russia" at the moment. Moscow is used to this approach,
Now we understand that all our future plans (I mean the possibility of returning to a full-fledged partnership with the European Union) must be built using a “safety net”. That is, to provide ourselves with all the opportunities so that if the EU remains in its negative, destructive positions, we do not depend on its whims and can ensure our own development independently and in partnership with those who are ready to cooperate on an equal, mutually respectful basis.- added the diplomat.
Lavrov also said that the new anti-Russian sanctions of the West, which may be introduced in the near future, cannot be left without reaction - both based on the laws of diplomacy and in order to limit the negative impact on Russia and its allies.
Earlier, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that the EU should respond by imposing sanctions on the poisoning of politician Alexei Navalny if there is "clear evidence" that specific officials were involved. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany is considering a complete freeze of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as a reaction to Navalny's poisoning. According to him, the final decision on the project will depend on the position of Russia.