The Kremlin called the “charity” idea of Sarkozy on the abolition of contracti


In the Kremlin commented on the statement by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who suggested that Russia first lift sanctions, to push for the lifting of EU sanctions. Sarkozy talked about it on the eve, speaking at the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF).

“Of course, against the background of the wrong understanding, from our point of view, many European and American colleagues, including the essence of the Minsk agreement, to do some charity work and cancel countermeasures — don’t know how it would have been reasonable,” — said press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov told reporters (quoted by TASS).

According to Peskov, “incorrect understanding” of the Minsk agreements is that the EU and the US “all the time, like a mantra, recite the phrase that Russia should fulfill the Minsk agreement.” “By the way, the fallacy of such judgments is very easy to verify, simply read the text of the Minsk agreements. Not such a long document,” said the spokesman.

To the question about what the reaction to the proposal of Sarkozy and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Peskov did not answer.

The proposal to cancel the contractee Sarkozy did in his speech at the SPIEF session on Thursday. “I am among those who believe that it is necessary to remove the sanctions, we have enough problems as it is. We can’t afford to suffer, and the strong need to reach out first. The strongest is Russia and that President Putin”, — he said.

While Sarkozy opposed the abolition of visas between Russia and the EU. He stressed that this is not due to “distrust the Russians”. In his opinion, it’s just not the time to promise an end to the visa regime. In addition, the ex-President of France proposed to engage Russia in the creation of a common missile defense system in Europe.