A week ago, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov hinted in Vladimir Solovyov’s propaganda show that the country was ready to end relations with the EU if the sanctions policy continued.
Asked whether Russia is moving towards severing relations with the EU, Mr Lavrov said the country was ready to do so if sanctions were imposed on those areas of business or the economy that would jeopardize the Russian economy.
“We do not want to isolate ourselves from global life, but we must be prepared for that. If you want peace, be ready for war, “he added.
Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said that “S. Lavrov’s comment was interpreted by the media without context. However, he later added that “despite Russia’s desire to develop relations with Brussels, we must be prepared for the worst.”
He accused the media of “sensational headlines without context”, despite the fact that the Russian Foreign Ministry first published the passage without any context on its website, DW writes.
Izvestia later published an interview with Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s representative in the EU, who said that Russia-EU communication was continuing, and that Borrell’s visit to Moscow “was a positive sign of a desire to maintain relations”.
“Shot to your feet”
The German Foreign Ministry described Lavrov’s words as “disturbing and incomprehensible”. Several diplomats and politicians from the country have said that such a leap from a Russian colleague seems incomprehensible to them, especially at a time when attempts are being made to establish contacts with Russia.
Foreign policy expert Gernot Erler DW said Lavrov’s statement was “apparently a threatening gesture”.
Moscow hopes to avoid a new package of sanctions that could be announced at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in the second half of February. A Russian expert has expressed hope that ministers will try to de-escalate the situation in some way.
But German MEP Michael Gahler said Lavrov’s intimidation was nothing more than a “gunfire that no one would care about.”
“I think Russia would shoot itself in the foot if it unilaterally severed relations with the EU. That would certainly not be in Russia’s interests, “he said.
Lavrov’s statement is provoked not only by the EU’s position on the Navaln issue, but also by the more “concentrated effect” of pressure on Western sanctions on Russia, says Maximilian Hess, an expert at the US Foreign Policy Research Institute (FSRA). “In my opinion, Lavrov’s statement is a testament to the real consequences for Russia of Western sanctions for the first foreign policy being developed,” he was quoted as saying by RBK.
Janis Kluge, an expert at the Berlin Science and Politics Foundation, also noted that Russia was not ready to cut off relations with Europe “at least in the near future”. “Here we are not even talking about the import of specific products, but about Russia’s dependence on Western financial markets and technologies. Recent years have shown that it is difficult for Russia to achieve diversification in all economic spheres based on China, he told RBK. “If we are talking about a ten-year period, I do not think that the Russian economy will be able to completely sever economic relations with the West.”
Borrell: The Kremlin sees an existential threat in a democracy
The Kremlin’s comments came immediately after the trip of EU diplomacy chief Joseph Borrell. An EU diplomat who arrived in Moscow during Navaln’s imprisonment scandal has been hotly criticized for using Kremlin propaganda to achieve his goals. Mr Borrell was soon forced to explain and was heavily criticized by Moscow. According to the diplomat, Russia wants to secede from Europe and divide the West.
“The Russian government is taking a worrying authoritarian path,” Borrell said last week. “There seems to be virtually no room for democratic alternatives … they are ruthless in stifling any such attempts.”
According to diplomatic sources in the EU, new economic sanctions should be announced for Russia as early as Monday. It is claimed that the lists of sanctions (ban on entry and bills
Warnig, 65, does not like publicity. Asked how often he meets with Putin, the latter’s friend and former Stasi agent replied that the Russian president did not have a mobile phone, but added: “If I need to see him, we are already arranging it.”
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