The words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the possibility of breaking off relations with the European Union provoked a reaction in the West, which can rather be called positive: the Europeans confirmed their desire to cooperate with Russia. This was stated to “Lente.ru” by the German political scientist, expert of the international discussion club “Valdai” Alexander Rahr.
The leading politicians of the European Union say that in no case can they break off relations with Russia. They utter the usual phrases, but this is still an important confirmation that the West does not want a break. They understand that this will lead nowhere, that this is a dead end
Alexander Rarpolitical scientist, expert of the Valdai Club
According to Rahr, the West is not going to impose sectoral sanctions against the Russian economy, which Lavrov warned about. He pointed out that many prominent German politicians, including President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, made statements about the need to cooperate with Russia.
The expert recalled that there are more than four thousand German enterprises on the territory of the Russian Federation alone, and the political forces of Europe have retained enough rationality and pragmatism so as not to ruin the ties that have been established over three decades.
Earlier in an interview with journalist Vladimir Solovyov, Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to break off relations with the EU if Brussels imposes sanctions against sensitive sectors of the Russian economy. The minister stressed that Russia does not want to isolate itself from the rest of the world, but should not rule out such a development of events.
In Germany, the Russian minister's statement was considered “strange and incomprehensible.” The European Union reported that it took note of the statement, noting that regardless of Lavrov's words, the state of relations between the EU and Russia is “not good.”
The Kremlin, however, pointed out that the meaning of the words of the foreign minister was distorted and Russia would not initiate a break in relations with the European Union.