Russia is ready to break off relations with the EU in the event of the further confrontation, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Soloviev Live.
“Our starting point is that we are ready,” he said answering to the question about this possibility. “If we see again, as we have seen several times before, that sanctions are being imposed in areas that create risks for our economy.”
“Of course, we do not want to isolate ourselves from living in the world, but we must be ready for this. If you want peace, prepare for war,” he emphasized.
On February 9, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced that he would lead the charge for new sanctions. The move came following the visit of Borrell for Moscow and public attempts of Western states to meddle in Russian internal affairs under the pretext of the Navalny case.
“I wanted to test whether the Russian authorities are interested in a serious attempt to reverse the deterioration of our relations and seize the opportunity to have a more constructive dialogue,” Borrell claimed. “The answer has been clear: No, they are not.”
“I will put forward concrete proposals,” he added.
The potential anti-Russian measures are expected to be discussed at the EU ministers meeting on February 22.
The same posture is taken by the Biden administration that was happy to push forward with its anti-Russian agenda under any pretext.
Meanwhile, on February 12, Head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin recalled that the so-called ‘non-system opposition’ that works under the brand of Navalny keeps active ties with foreign intelligence services.
“The Russian Foreign Ministry is not mistaken or exaggerating in its comments. I can only add to what has been said that those who make criminal deals with special services of countries that conduct a hostile policy towards Russia, they are not called oppositionists. A different term should be used here,” Naryshkin said.
As Russia drew red lines for foreign meddling attempts in its sovereign affairs, the relations between Moscow and the West are expectedly moving towards a further confrontation.
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