“Relationships are at their lowest point.” Permanent Representative of Russia to the European Union – on sanctions due to the poisoning of Navalny
After the imposition of sanctions because of the politician Alexei Navalny, relations between Russia and the European Union “are at the lowest point.” This was announced to TASS by Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU.
To be honest, I expect that it will become more difficult for me and my employees to work in the near future, but we are ready for this and, in any case, we will strive to improve the Russian-EU relations.
According to Chizhov, the justification for these sanctions “from a political and legal point of view is very feeble, and from a moral point of view, it is simply unacceptable.” Russia regards them as “unilateral illegal measures,” the permanent representative said.
Undoubtedly, mirrored responses will be taken. Since the sanctions are personal, the answer will obviously be personal. But I will stop there for now. <…> It is logical to assume that retaliatory measures may affect Moscow’s bilateral relations with Berlin and Paris, because no one is hiding that they were behind this step.
On October 15, the European Union, followed by the UK, imposed sanctions against six Russian officials and one research institute due to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov expressed regret over the EU’s decision to make relations with Moscow “dependent on a person who is considered the leader of some opposition in Europe.”