Russia's self-reliance under EU sanctions

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov online interview, April 14, 2020
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at online interview. (Photo RF MFA)

Moscow, April 14 (TASS) -- Russia will not ask the European Union to withdraw the 2014 sanctions amid the coronavirus pandemic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an online interview Tuesday.

"Should the European Union realize that the [sanctions] method has exhausted itself and withdraw its decisions made in 2014, then we will, of course, be ready to reciprocate. But we are not going to ask [to withdraw sanctions]," the top diplomat said.

According to Lavrov, after the Western partners failed Moscow and denied their responsibilities on many issues, Russia chose a path that ensures "reliance on Russia's own resources during any possible changes of mind" of the Western colleagues. [...]

(TASS - April 14, 2020)

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