Kremlin says Russia desires to enhance ties with EU, not break them off, however should put together for worst as Brussels threatens sanctions

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President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has denied media experiences that Russia will imminently sever diplomatic ties with Brussels, saying his authorities would contemplate excessive measures solely in response to hostile actions.

On Friday, Dmitry Peskov advised reporters that feedback by Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov had been taken out of context by Russian-language media. In a preview of an interview aired earlier that morning, the diplomat was requested whether or not Moscow was heading for a break with the EU. “Our starting point is that we are ready,” he mentioned.

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However, Peskov argued that the ensuing headlines ignored the truth that Lavrov was saying such a move could be thought of solely in response to damaging sanctions that hit delicate areas of the economic system. “This sensational headline is being presented without context,” he mentioned, “and this is a big mistake by the media. It changes the meaning.”

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Lavrov added: “Collectively, [the EU] is still our largest trading and investment partner. Many companies are working here. There are hundreds, thousands of joint ventures. If business is mutually beneficial, we will continue it.”

However, he warned that Russia should attempt for self-sufficiency, in case “we see again, as we have seen several times before, that sanctions are being imposed in areas that create risks for our economy.”

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“We do not want to isolate ourselves from the world, but we have to be prepared for this. If you want peace, prepare for war,” he added, quoting an Ancient Roman adage.

EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell advised a listening to within the European Parliament on Tuesday that he would “put forward concrete proposals” for sanctions towards Russia. The move got here as he confronted criticism from Western politicians for the pleasant tone of a go to with Lavrov final week, amid the bloc’s condemnation of the imprisonment of opposition determine Alexey Navalny.

The anti-corruption campaigner was discovered responsible earlier this month of breaching the phrases of a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence for fraud.

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