MEP Rolandas Paksas, commenting on tensions between European countries and Russia and the rhetoric addressed to Moscow, said that “this psychosis must be stopped.”
“I think we should talk about this now, this psychosis should be stopped. People are really scared,” he said at a meeting with State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin, comparing the current situation with the atmosphere before the First World War.
The politician spoke in favor of developing a dialogue with Moscow. “In many countries, the media say that it is impossible to agree with the Russians. I want to prove the opposite, what is necessary, possible, necessary and useful. And we must speak at all levels,” he said.
“It’s better to have a long conversation than a short war,” Paksas summed up, stressing that, despite statements by some politicians, people do not want a “war.”
Relations between the Russian Federation and Western countries have deteriorated due to the situation in Ukraine and around the Crimea. The West, accusing the Russian Federation of intervening, imposed sanctions against it, Moscow responded, took a course on import substitution, and repeatedly stated that talking to her in the language of sanctions is counterproductive. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine and the subject of the Minsk settlement agreements. Recently, in the EU countries, opinions on the need to lift sanctions against the Russian Federation are becoming more and more clear.