Lavrov: US trying sanctions to press Russia on the arms market in the energy sector

MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Washington’s sanctions intended to put pressure on Moscow for markets, arms and energy. This was stated on Tuesday the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov at the meeting with members of the Association of European businesses.

“Under the pretext of fighting the Russian threat in Washington is not only seeking to patch up the so-called transatlantic solidarity, not only to force the Europeans to increase defense spending, but also to promote their economic and power position in Europe, to press our joint projects in the energy sector, to press Russia on the arms market that focused on the latest portion of sanctions which was published,” – said Lavrov.

In his opinion, towards the restoration of economic cooperation between Russia and European countries has imposed on the U.S. side of the sanctions policy. “Against the background of recovery of economic growth opens up new opportunities for foreign business in the Russian Federation, including for companies that you represent, – said the Minister. – The main obstacle on this path remains now the Americans imposed sanctions spiral”.

“How antagonize Russia needs the Europeans to solve them. We know that in political and business circles of the countries of the European Union is increasingly heard dissatisfaction with this situation,” – said Lavrov.