Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“The situation around Navalny’s alleged poisoning and the next sanctions hysteria against Russia are driving Moscow and Brussels on opposite sides of common sense. It seems that we are talking with the European Union from different planets, in different languages and about different matters.
I share the healthy pessimism of the Russian Foreign Minister regarding the development of cooperation with EU institutions. The constructive has been lost, although we have always advocated equal cooperation with respect for mutual obligations.
Regarding the defendants of the EU’s possible “black lists” in the Navalny case: these are all worthy people and patriots of their country who have not and cannot have anything to do with the blogger incident. Mirror and symmetric measures have already been discussed. In the event of the introduction of such personal restrictions, Russia will no doubt respond adequately. “