Russia-EU relations

Russia-EU relations soured after sanctions

F.P. Report

BRUSSELS: Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told local media today that the Relations between Russia and the European Union have reached their lowest level in recent years after sanctions in connection with the incident with opposition blogger Alexey Navalny.

EU’s decision over sanctioning Russia in Navalny’s case has affected the relationship between the two entities. Russian authorities have reacted with fury over the decision saying, there’s little left of Russia’s trust in EU. Chizhov added that the validation for these sanctions, both from a political and legal point of view, is very shabby, and from a moral point of view, it is simply unacceptable.’

He also labeled these sanctions as “unilateral illeral measures” saying, “Of course, we evaluate these restrictions in the same way as all the previous ones: as unilateral illegal measures. There is only one authority in the world authorized to impose sanctions -the UN Security Council.”

Russia will react to the European Union with mirrored personal measures on the sanctions imposed under the alleged reason of the incident with Navalny, Chizhov said, Chizhov did not rule out that the Russian response “will touch on Germany and France,” which initiated the idea  of imposing restrictions on Russia.

While giving his opinion on either Russian will reconsider relations with EU, Chizkov said that these relations “are already at the lowest point.” “To be honest, I expect that it will become more difficult for me and my colleagues to work in the near future, but we are ready for this and in any case we will strive to improve the Russian-EU relations. On an equal and mutually respectful basis, of course, in no way sacrificing fundamental Russian interests,” he said.

“However, any relationship, besides the political one, has a material dimension, primarily a trade and economic one. In past years, we even measured the strength of this ‘safety net’.

He further added that, we compared our trade with the EU with the volume of trade between Russia and the United States. About 10 years ago, this ratio was 1 to 11. Today we see that unfriendly political actions are accompanied by premeditated attempts to destroy the material basis, by switching part of the EU’s economic ties from Russia to the United States among other means. It is doubtful that this maneuver would be painless for the Old World,” Chizhov concluded.

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