Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Moscow is ready to return to normal relations with the European Union despite the current crisis, noting that the choice is in Brussels.
“We must be prepared for any development of events. The choice must be made by Brussels. And if it decides that it is necessary to resume relations and abandon their dismantling, we will be ready for that as well.” “.
He noted that Russia does not have any problems in relations with separate European countries.
He continued, “We should not confuse the European Union with Europe. We do not leave Europe. We have many friends and supporters in Europe. We will continue to develop mutually beneficial relations with them.”
In another context, Sergey Lavrov confirmed that he explained to his Finnish counterpart the Russian position on the Russian opposition, Alesky Navalny.
He said, “Mr. Minister (Pekka Haavisto) discussed the situation around Navalny, as well as the expulsion of 3 foreign diplomats from Russia due to their participation in the unauthorized demonstrations that took place in Moscow and other cities at the end of last January. We explained to him everything in detail as well as the arguments behind our position on these two issues.” “.
On February 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany who participated in the demonstrations that took place in Moscow and Saint Petersburg on January 23. In response, these countries announced on February 8 the expulsion of a number of Russian diplomats.