Moscow is ready to sever relations with the European Union if possible new Brussels sanctions put the Russian economy at risk. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has warned that “in case we see again that sanctions are imposed on some sectors, including the most sensitive, generating risks for our economy”, the Russian government is “ready” to break relations with the EU. In an interview on the YouTube channel ‘Soloviov Live’, Lavrov assured that Russia does not want to isolate itself from the world, but “we have to be prepared.” “If you want peace, prepare for war,” Lavrov added.
Moscow already alerted Brussels yesterday that the approval of new sanctions can only provoke a reciprocal response from Russia. The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, stressed that the calls to take new measures against Russia, which have been heard in recent days, no longer cause her any astonishment, since it is something “inherent in the vision of the world that has the West “.
Last Tuesday, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said the EU could impose new sanctions against Russia and promised to make “concrete proposals” at the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers on February 22 and at the summit of the block in March. Brussels has criticized the decision of the Russian justice to sentence opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison, as well as the arrests of participants in protests that Russia recalls are illegal.
The Russian response was immediate. “I would like to alert our EU partners, so that they do not commit that reckless action of the moment, because inevitably, as you well understand, this step will be accompanied by a coherent response,” said the spokeswoman. According to Zajarova, “it is totally unacceptable to use human rights as a geopolitical instrument and to cite democratic principles” to achieve their own objectives. “The experience of relations with the EU after 2014 shows us that, instinctively, Brussels clings to the lever of sanctions when faced with a firm attitude from our country and other sovereign states, defending its legitimate interests , preventing direct interference in their internal affairs, “he stressed. Zajarova called to “avoid playing the game of the architects of the western world, created according to their own rules.