French President Emmanuel Macron said before the start of the EU summit that he continues to believe in dialogue with the Russian Federation, despite the imposed sanctions. RIA Novosti writes about it.
“I continue to believe in a transparent but demanding dialogue with Russia,” Macron said. At the same time, the European Union will not abandon its principles, especially when it comes to chemical weapons, the politician added.
Recall that the EU, against the background of the incident with the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, imposed sanctions against FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko and four other high-ranking officials of the Russian Federation. In addition, the State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT) was also blacklisted.
The sanctions include a ban on entry to the European Union and the freezing of any financial assets in European banks.
After that, the Kremlin, the Federation Council, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov promised a mirror response to the sanctions.