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Sergei Zheleznyak: “There has never been a course of confrontation with the European Union in Russia’s foreign policy”

“There has never been a course of confrontation with the European Union in Russia’s foreign policy. Europe is the closest neighbor and we have partnerships with many countries of the continent, built on a mutually beneficial basis. Statements by EU officials that Russia is allegedly to blame for the deterioration of the political climate are an attempt to shift the responsibility onto our country for the lack of a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Brussels. ” This opinion was expressed by a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Sergei Zheleznyak.

He noted: “The EU has long adopted certain rules of conduct towards Russia, which include, for example, the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, EU energy security issues, development of partnership with Russia in addressing international issues that are important for the EU and the so-called support of Russian civil society.

We have already seen more than once what these principles translate into in practice. The West demands from Moscow, not Kiev, to fulfill the Minsk agreements, in which Russia, like France and Germany, plays the role of mediator. We can just as well demand that Berlin or Paris comply with these agreements, instead of insisting on the fulfillment of obligations from the Ukrainian authorities. But Brussels officials stubbornly continue to insist on this absurdity, indulging Kiev in sabotaging the Minsk agreements and contributing to the maintenance of tensions in the Donbas.

Brussels also understands support for civil society in Russia in an extremely original way, or, more simply, as a form of interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country. Diplomats from a number of EU countries even managed to take part in unauthorized rallies in Russia. And the incident with the “Berlin patient”, which Western Russophobes are trying to pass off as the struggle of the Russian authorities with the opposition, is built on lies and looks like a disgusting staging.
At the same time, unjustifiably cruel reprisals against protesters in EU countries are not a cause for concern for Brussels and accusations of human rights violations ”.

“It seems that the protection of national sovereignty, which Russia puts at the forefront of its foreign policy, does not fit into the framework of“ European values ​​”as interpreted by Brussels bureaucrats, who have lost their sense of national pride, their own identity and sense of reality. Our country is always ready for dialogue and constructive interaction, but only with observance of the rule of law and full respect of our partners for our national interests,” Zheleznyak stressed.

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