November 30, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
MOSCOW, Russia – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Italy’s Libero newspaper that Russia is ready to cooperate with the European Union on migration and terrorism issues.
“We are ready to continue cooperation with the EU in the migration field and share our experience in resolving migration issues,” he said.
“We would like contacts within the Russia-EU Dialogue on migration to resume as soon as possible,” he added.
“We are definitely willing to strengthen interaction with the European Union in the fight against terrorism,” the Russian top diplomat stressed.
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“We hope that the EU agencies will muster the strength to stop shaping its policy towards Russia based on the lowest common denominator, and will stop dancing to the tune played by a small but highly aggressive group of Russia-haters within the EU,” he said.
“For our part, we will boost cooperation at a speed suitable for our European counterparts,” the Russian top diplomat added.
When speaking about the possible removal of sanctions against Russia, Lavrov pointed out that “this question should be forwarded to Brussels.”
“Indeed, sanctions are harmful for Russia’s cooperation with the European Union and its member states,” he added. “It has become obvious that sanctions imposed by Brussels bureaucrats, who act on Washington’s orders, have now boomeranged back, delivering a blow on the European manufacturers. They have partially lost their positions on the Russian market and continue to suffer considerable losses,” he noted.
“As for America, it has not suffered damage because our trade is insignificant,” the Russian foreign minister said. “It means that the US authorities seek to achieve their anti-Russian goals at Europe’s expense, making the EU do all the job for them. I think it is a thing worth considering,” he said.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.