The European Union (EU) is “absolutely dependent in making any important decisions,” says Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. According to him, Russia is ready to cooperate with the EU if Brussels shows independence.
In an interview “Izvestia” the deputy minister said that the EU countries “showed inexplicable serenity” when the United States withdrew from the INF Treaty, and also expressed “complete lack of will” in the situation with the Nord Stream bombings. “If the EU eventually thinks about its own destiny and independent role in a multipolar world, we will be ready to cooperate with it in those areas where it is really in demand and meets the interests of our country,” Mr. Grushko specified.
He added that Russia continues to maintain “rational mutually beneficial economic ties” with some EU countries. He did not specify which countries he was talking about. “European business is interested in cooperation. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind that the EU is a multi-layered entity and not always anti-Russian postulates voiced by the leadership of European institutions reflect the opinion and approaches of all member countries, and even more so their socio-political circles and citizens,” Alexander Grushko assures.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia would do everything to make its colleagues from NATO and the EU “sober up” as soon as possible and give up “colonial illusions.” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto urged the West to keep channels of communication with Russia open. He said that the sanctions against the Russian Federation “failed because military operations in Ukraine continue, and the economic situation in Europe is getting worse.”