Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov considered that the European Union sacrifices its vital interests in order to fulfill the immediate desires to keep pace with the United States in its endeavor to “punish” Russia.
“Unfortunately, the European Union has taken the path of sacrificing its geo-economic and strategic interests in order to satisfy the immediate desires of not falling behind the United States in what is called punishing Russia,” Lavrov said in a television interview on Sunday, adding: “We are used to that.”
In response to a question about whether Russia will respond to possible new Western sanctions, the minister said that Moscow will not leave such measures without a response, noting that “the principle of reciprocity in international affairs has not been abolished by anyone.”
Lavrov also stressed that Moscow never invites other countries to “establish friendship against others,” adding that Russia has a completely different diplomatic and political culture that does not accept this.
Lavrov’s comments come against the backdrop of new European and American threats to impose new sanctions on Russia due to the alleged poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.