Maria Zakharova to Vestnik Kavkaza: growth of protest sentiments in the EU isn't generated by Moscow, but by Brussels
Negative consequences of anti-Russian sanctions are currently affecting not only the economy, but also political situation in the Western countries, causing growth of protest sentiments among population and business, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a briefing today in response to a question of Vestnik Kavkaza.
First of all, Maria Zakharova stressed that the Russian Foreign Ministry fully agrees with the view expressed by the UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures Idris Jazairi.
"I saw reports of the UN special rapporteur that Western sanctions ultimately hurt those who introduced them, the Western community. It really happened. And Russia used this situation in its favor. We had to. As soon as the West did what it did, we just had to answer. In the end the West now has to deal with pretty ban consequences," she said.
"Politicians also understand consequences of sanctions. But some of them try to pretend that nothing happens, some, on the contrary, use this information for their own benefit," she noted.
"We can also see growth of protest sentiments, which are stimulated by the effect of sanctions. When we are asked about political changes in Europe and people say, 'They were probably affected by Moscow', we reply: 'No, Moscow didn't generate those sentiments, Brussels did, when it imposed sanctions'," she concluded.