The intensification of actions by the European Union (EU) to improve relations with Russia will meet with full understanding in Moscow under certain conditions. On May 22, State Duma deputy Ruslan Balbek announced this.
Thus, the deputy commented on the statement of Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, who spoke about the EU’s desire to establish a dialogue with Russia, but Moscow, according to him, does not make contact.
“We demonstrate our interest in equal communication with the EU. We are bound by centuries-old partnerships, but today the European policy for some reason has shifted to sanctions and moralizing, which we consider unacceptable for ourselves, ”the RT TV channel quotes Balbek.
Balbek added that Russia is ready for dialogue with the European Union only in the format of complete equality, mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs.
Earlier on Saturday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Saturday denied Schallenberg’s statements that Moscow was not interested in dialogue.
Zakharova noted that Russia participated in various EU projects, but many of them were suspended due to the adoption of the EU sanctions against the Russian Federation.
On the eve, the EU declared its desire for stable relations with Russia. The high-ranking representative of the organization specified that the ways to achieve stable relations will be discussed at the summit, which will be held on May 24-25 in Brussels.