The Russian foreign Ministry expressed surprise on the statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the need “to take the fate of Europe in their hands.” On Wednesday, may 31, said the official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, reports “Interfax”.
“Always thought that the EU is a separate Union, with such enormous political, economic and human potential that he doesn’t need any more supervisors,” said she.
At the same time, Zakharov explained that in Moscow “there was a feeling a while ago,” when the European Union, according to her, took independent decisions and conducted their own foreign policy. As an example, the diplomat cited resolving the Iranian nuclear problem, the solution of which, as noted Zakharova, the EU “played one of the first violins”. Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that “for the last time this independence we have not seen,” and added that in this regard “focus on a statement [Merkel] should not”.
On may 28 the Chancellor said that the EU should be in friendly relations with the United States and great Britain, and to be “good neighbors” with Russia and other countries. “But we need to know we will have to fight for their rights, for their future, Europeans must take their destiny into their own hands,” said Merkel. The German newspaper Die Welt interpreted this statement as if Germany no longer considers US a reliable partner.
The statement by the Chancellor came after a day after Italy ended the summit “the Big seven”, which the leaders failed to agree on a number of issues.