Lavrov about the relations of Russia and the EU: Ready to resume dialogue without ultimatums and demands to repent

Lavrov: Those who imposes sanctions, suffer from this more

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Sanctions against Russia is a “dead end line” and hurting the European Union. On 13 February in Moscow, foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after a meeting with Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders, reported the press service of the Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs.

“There are estimates of the reputable research institutions that those who imposes sanctions, suffer from this more. But, as we have said many times, not going to beg anyone to change this policy. We hope, as repeatedly stressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin that common sense will prevail,” – said Lavrov.

According to him, in the “Western camp there is a small but aggressive minority trying not to allow to normalize relations with Russia”.

“Very often this minority go on about. Still we can see it. But always prepared for the fact that to resume mutually beneficial equitable and mutually respectful dialogue without ultimatums, demands to repent, to apologize. We all their actions openly explained on the basis of international legal norms. All those who want us to hear, hear”, – assured the diplomat.

Lavrov admitted that spoke with the foreign Minister of Belgium Didier Reynders about Ukraine and Crimea.

“More and more Western politicians, including parliamentarians of Belgium and other EU countries, visited the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol subjects of the Russian Federation. All those who want to really understand what is happening there, you can do it directly, to go there and see with their own eyes what and how, not to criticize remotely”, – concluded the Russian foreign Minister.

Russia after the illegal referendum on 16 March 2014 annexed the Crimea and Sevastopol. The annexation of Crimea by Russia is not recognised by Ukraine and most countries of the world.

In April of the same year in the East of Ukraine began the armed conflict. Fighting underway between the Armed forces of Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels who control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

In connection with these events, the Western countries, particularly USA, Canada, Japan and the EU have imposed sanctions against Russia. They several times renewed and tightened.

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