May 25, 2016 –
Translated by J. Arnoldski
Russia has somewhat overestimated the independence of the European Union in the world arena. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, during an interview with the Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet.
“Judging by everything, we have somewhat overestimated the independent role of Europeans in the world arena. It seems that the Ukrainian crisis has highlighted the high degree of dependence of the EU on the political and economic influence of Washington,” Lavrov said.
The head of the Russian Defense Ministry also noted that Moscow “would like to deal with a strong European Union, which would build relationships with partners in the international arena on the basis putting their own interests first and foremost, and not by putting solidarity with extra-regional players at the forefront.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, is currently (May 25th) on a visit in Hungary. Earlier on Wednesday, he met the prime minister of the country, Viktor Orban, in Budapest and then with his the Hungarian foreign minister Peter Siarto. The politicians discussed bilateral relations, the EU’s anti-Russian sanctions, as well as cooperation between Russia and NATO.