Fyodor Lukyanov: “Gas relations are not connected with sanctions directly”

Interview by Vestnik Kavkaza


Today the issue of eliminating anti-Russian sanctions won’t be discussed at the meeting of foreign ministers of the EU. Speaking last week that the South Stream Project was completely shut down and gas transit through Ukraine would be stopped, the head of Gazprom Alexei Miller explained: “That’s how the Russian side adapts to the new rules of the game, which were created by the West without considering the opinion of such an an important counteragent.” Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of “Russia in Global Politics”, told Vestnik Kavkaza about sanctions, countersanctions, and the gas issue.

- Recently it was found out that seven EU countries support the elimination of anti-Russian sanctions, including Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, France and the Czech Republic. Japan and Germany stand for softening sanctions and continuation of dialogue with Russia. However, soon the information was leveled down by a message that Barack Obama and David Cameron had agreed on preserving the sanctions against Russia. Do you think the EU is not tired of anti-Russian sanctions?

- The EU is not an old lady to be tired of something. There is a certain balance of forces and interests, which is changing. Anti-Russian sanctions and sanctions by Russia against the EU damage certain countries and industries significantly. The position of social and professional strata which consider the sanctions to be senseless has become firmer today.

At the same time, there is a political establishment which relies on political approaches rather than economic ones. And the situation is very complicated, as Ukraine is unstable, prospects of a resolution are hazy. Russia is firmly considered to be a country which is involved in the conflict, and it would be impossible to change the sharp course without any progress in the Ukrainian settlement.

Even countries which want this don't have enough arguments. In the end, everything in Europe depends on Germany and its positio,n which is very complicated. On the one hand, Germany is significantly suffering from the economic consequences of the sanctions, but politically it is interested in a stiffer course.

Thus, the current dynamic is that the anti-sanctions forces in Europe are stronger than six months ago, but we cannot speak about a dramatic change.

- Are sanctions against Russia harmful for Europe itself?

- Of course they are harmful. Sanctions are always mutual; but a political decision was made there, and it prevailed over economic reasonableness.

- Are rumors on elimination of sanctions connected with the statement by Alexei Miller that the gas flow would be redirected through Turkey?

- I think they are not connected with Miller’s statement. First of all, Europe hasn’t comprehended Miller’s statement completely. They cannot understand whether it is a real radical change in the model of relations or a way of putting on pressure, bluffing, or something else. They haven’t understood whether it is serious or not. Gas relations are not connected with sanctions directly, as the changes have an objective character and are connected with fundamental changes in the European gas market. They didn’t start yesterday. They will continue to deepen, and Gazprom – whether there will be sanctions or not – will have to reconsider its model of relations with Europe. We cannot say how it will happen – radically and confrontationally or harmonically, as part of a search for new mutual interests.

 

2220 views


More Russian news

Austrian Chancellor calls on EU to soften sanctions against Russia

Austrian Chancellor calls on EU to soften sanctions against Russia

Chancellor of Austria, Christian Kern, made an appeal to review the sanctions against Russia. According to him, such measures have not led to an improvement in the situation on the key contentious issues, Bloomberg reports. The EU must …

Russia to Buy Iranian Crude Oil

Russia to Buy Iranian Crude Oil

Tehran and Moscow are close to signing an agreement for the export of 100,000 barrels per day of Iranian oil to Russia, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Tuesday. "The two sides will seal an agreement on oil export to …

NATO ships show aggression towards Russian ships at Syrian coast

NATO ships show aggression towards Russian ships at Syrian coast

Today, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian sailors claimed that NATO ships were near the Russian ships, serving at the Syrian coast. Also, the sailors noted that the actions of the Alliance ships were not …

Four thousand immigrants from Russia fight on Syrian side, Putin says

Four thousand immigrants from Russia fight on Syrian side, Putin says

A huge number of fighters from Russia and former Soviet republics fight in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with officers of the Northern Fleet. According to the President, there are thousands of Russian …

Will EU continue to support Kiev?

Will EU continue to support Kiev?

Видео

Ukraine need to stop declaring war on Russia and acting on behalf of Europe

Saakashvili can face trial for violation of sovereignty of Ukraine, media reports

Saakashvili can face trial for violation of sovereignty of Ukraine, media reports

  Ukrainian human rights activist Oleg Kurchin submitted an application to the prosecutor general of the country on the ex-governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, for the violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine, the …

Russian citizens can visit Armenia with internal passports starting from tomorrow

Russian citizens can visit Armenia with internal passports starting from tomorrow

Starting from 23 February the citizens of Russia will be able to visit Armenia with internal passports. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced about this during today’s meeting with Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward …

Kerch Strait ferry line works again

Kerch Strait ferry line works again

The work of the Kerch Strait ferry line was resumed. Previously, the crossing was closed because of the deteriorating weather conditions. Earlier, the EMERCOM rescuers warned the residents of the Krasnodar Territory about strengthening …

Vitaly Churkin#039s body returned to Moscow

Vitaly Churkin's body returned to Moscow

A plane carrying the body of the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin has arrived in Moscow from New York. The plane arrived three days after Churkin died suddenly the day before his 65th …

Russian President lays wreath at Tomb of  Unknown Soldier

Russian President lays wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Russian President Vladimir Putin laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to celebrate the Defender of the Fatherland Day. The ceremony was also attended by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry …

more Russian news