Lavrov: the moment of truth concerning the lifting of sanctions the EU against Russia will come in the summer

Lavrov: the moment of truth concerning the lifting of sanctions the EU against Russia will come in the summer


MOSCOW, February 10. The moment of truth concerning the lifting of anti-Russian EU sanctions will come this summer. This opinion was expressed by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in interview to the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets”.

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“I think that now comes the “moment of truth”, he said. At least this year it will be clear how the EU is already aware that the current situation is becoming embarrassing for the external image of the EU”.

According to Lavrov, during the summer when will expire the next portion of the sanctions, it will become clear whether Europe is “fair to treat his statements regarding the necessity of implementing not only Russia, but Ukraine and the Minsk agreements, or go on about the aggressive minority in the EU and which is formed Russophobic countries.”

According to the Minister, the imposition of sanctions “is not because of Ukraine or Syria.”

Just as strengthening our country, which can have its own view of things, there were many in Washington is absolutely not to our liking

Sergey Lavrov
the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

“We have no paranoia, we understand that large countries, especially leading countries such as the USA, of course, don’t want to have competitors, – said Lavrov. – So, this mentality will always affect their relationship with us, with China, India and other potential, rapidly growing economies and financial centers.”

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“But we want our interests be ensured in this competitive struggle in the international arena, and want to do it honestly and on the basis of rules,” said the Minister.

While Lavrov noted that “no one is interested in the deterioration of relations with the United States.” “We won’t do so to their own detriment, and they know it, – continued the head of the Russian depodesta. But we will cooperate as much as they are ready, on the basis of respect for each other’s interests and mutual benefit”.

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