Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described relations between Moscow and Brussels in the words of former US President Barack Obama about the Russian economy: they are torn to shreds. The Foreign Minister spoke about this in an interview with RBC.
According to the minister, Russia is “perceived as a stranger.”
He recalled his interview, in which he noted Russia’s readiness to break off relations with the European Union “because there are no more relations left.”
“As former US President Barack Obama once said, the truth about the Russian economy is that“ relations have been torn to shreds,” Lavrov said.
There is a bias that hinders normal relations between Russia and the EU, he said.
“When Josep Borrell became High Representative in May 2019, he said: ‘Our old enemy, Russia, is re-emerging and threatening again.’ We then asked again through his protocol service. We were told that this is a figure of speech and that he was misunderstood. But the mentality has broken through, ”Lavrov added.
As the Foreign Ministry said earlier, the Russian side is ready to break off relations with the European Union, if this happens on the initiative of the European Union itself.
According to Lavrov, Russia is ready for this if the EU will impose sanctions that create risks for sensitive areas of the economy. He noted that Russia does not want to isolate itself from world life, “but we must be ready for this.”
The Kremlin clarified that Moscow does not want such a break in relations, but wants their development.