Lavrov called “tunnel thinking” EU calls for extension of sanctions

The call for the EU to member countries of the UN to impose sanctions against Russia is “the worst example of tunnel thinking”. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov during his speech at the Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of Russia, reports “Interfax”.

“Regrettable enough to dull the guiding principles of relations between the EU and Russia, especially the EU calls on all countries of the world to impose sanctions against Russia. Lacking such imagination <…> positions are the worst example of tunnel thinking,” he said.

The Minister said that against this background, Russia is obliged “to continue to promote intellectual and political dynamism, to increase positive influence on the formation of a new world order”.

On the night of March 18, the EU issued a statement condemning the annexation of Crimea. “The EU will continue to adhere to the full implementation of its policy of non-recognition, including through restrictive measures. The EU again calls upon States members of the United Nations to consider similar measures for recognition in accordance with the resolution of the UN General Assembly No. 68/262”, — said in a statement.

In mid-March, the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini at a press conference on the results of the international Affairs Council — the next meeting of EU foreign Ministers declared that the European Union endorsed five new principles of relations with Russia. She said that the first principle of interaction between the parties is the full implementation of the terms of the agreement “Minsk-2” is necessary for any significant changes in relations between Moscow and Brussels. The second point is the EU’s intention to continue strengthening relations with the countries of Eastern partnership and Central Asian countries.

The third item was the strengthening of “internal stability of the European Union”, including in matters of energy security and hybrid threats. The fourth item was the recovery with Moscow “on some selected areas”, and the fifth — the desire to support the development of civil society in Russia. The Russian foreign Ministry said that there was nothing new in the five principles. The Ministry stressed that the linking of relations with Russia with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements absurd attacks how to perform these arrangements are not capable of Kyiv. “Russia, as you know, has repeatedly said it is ready for the full restoration of relations with the EU. But the menu we used to select for yourself. Today, because of the position of the European Union, it lean” — concluded in the Ministry.

Later a source in the Russian foreign Ministry told “Interfax” that the Russian foreign Ministry together with a number of stakeholders are reassessed relations with the European Union. He explained that the relations of Moscow that relations with Europe can no longer be based on the principle of “business as before”, because in the past the West has “always considered itself as a leader, it was believed that needs to tell us what to do and what not”.

On 10 March the European Council approved the extension of individual sanctions against Russian citizens and companies, this decision was linked to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.