Lavrov denied that Russia is interested in the collapse of the European Union

Sergei Lavrov

Russia is interested in a strong and United EU. This was stated on Friday, June 30, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the “Primako readings” in Moscow, the correspondent “reports”.

Foreign Minister drew attention to the fact that in the EU the leaders of some countries say that the European Union is “imperfect and is about to disintegrate.”

“We look at it all without any malice. We this pleasure is not exactly derived, but understand that you can’t influence what is happening in the EU. These processes, this fermentation must somehow calm down”, — concluded the foreign Minister.

According to Lavrov, Russia expects that the EU will build its policy “on the basis of a balance of interests, not the opinions of Russophobic minority.”

The crisis in relations between Moscow and Brussels occurred in the spring of 2014. Member States of the European Union have imposed sanctions, linking them with the annexation of Crimea to Russia, and then the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. The abolition of restrictive measures linked to the implementation of Moscow signed in February of 2015, the Minsk agreements to stabilize the situation in the Donbass. Russia has repeatedly said that is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, therefore, the responsibility for the implementation of the provisions lies with the Kiev authorities and militia leaders.