Lavrov: Moscow won’t hold any talks on conditions of lifting sanctions
Moscow won’t hold talks on the terms of lifting anti-Russian sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva.
"We never ask the European Union or other countries, which joined sanctions, to lift these sanctions," Lavrov recalled. "And we won’t hold any talks on the conditions of lifting the sanctions," he added.
He added that Moscow appreciated that many in the European Union were aware of how harmful the current state of affairs in relations with Russia was and pressed for putting an end to this state of affairs. "We are prepared for that," Lavrov concluded.
At the same time, he noted that the business circles in European countries have been showing interest in overcoming this unhealthy situation in relations with Russia. "This was during the meeting of German businesses with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and then our president also met with representatives of the French businesses," TASS cited Russia’s top diplomat as saying. "Not that long ago I also had a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses in Russia (AEB). All of them have the same position," he stressed.
"We are ready to cooperate with our European partners and governments so that this objective interest of our business circles is taken into account," Lavrov said. adding that Russia will be prepared to resume cooperation with the European countries via all channels without any preconditions.