“If you want peace, prepare for war.” Moscow is ready to break with the European Union – Lavrov

Russia is ready to break off relations with the European Union, if there are sanctions on its part that create risks for sensitive areas of the economy.

This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov on the air of the YouTube channel Soloviev Live, its transcript was published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“ We proceed from the fact that we are ready. In case we see again ( as we have already felt more than once) that sanctions are being imposed in some areas that create risks for our economy, including in the most sensitive areas. We do not want to isolate ourselves from world life, but we must be ready for this. If you want peace, prepare for war, ”Lavrov said.

The day before, Bloomberg reported that the EU is working on a proposal to impose sanctions against Russia due to the verdict on the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland are preparing a package of personal sanctions against Russia due to Navalny’s verdict.

Sentence to Alexey Navalny in Russia

On February 2, 2021, a Moscow court replaced opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case with a real one  – 3.5 years in a general regime colony.

The politician will be credited with the time he spent under house arrest in 2014, and the term will be reduced to about 2 years and 8 months. Opposition representatives intend to appeal against the court decision.

On January 17, 2021, Navalny was detained while going through border control at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. The politician returned to Russia from Germany, where he was treated and recovered from the effects of poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok.

The Federal Penitentiary Service explained that the oppositionist was wanted ” for multiple violations of the probationary period” in the case of Yves Rocher.

16 hours after returning to Russia, Navalny was arrested for 30 days . The court session was held in the building of the police department in Khimki near Moscow.

In the case of Yves Rocher in 2014, the politician was given a 3.5-year suspended sentence with a probationary period of five years ( then it was extended for another year), allegedly due to the fact that he, together with his brother Oleg, convinced Yves Rocher’s company to conclude an unfavorable deal.https://podcasts.nv.ua/embed/1654.htmlEditor: Irina Kuteleva-Kovalenko

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