Lavrov: lifting of sanctions against Russia should not be expected soon
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov thinks that we should not wait for a lifting of sanctions against Russia soon. "Right now we are working from the point of view that this period will be long, and it will be so," he stated.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, this is largely due to the fact that "our Western partners are very interested in such an interesting interpretation of the agreements and their own decisions." As an example, Lavrov cited the US Jackson-Vanik amendment. "If it were not for Russia's accession to the WTO, it would never have been cancelled," the minister believes.
The same situation is happening today in relation to the crisis in Ukraine and related anti-Russian sanctions, Lavrov noted. According to him, some US politicians claim that as soon as the Minsk Agreements, as the West perceives them, are met, sanctions will immediately disappear.
"I am looking at them (politicians) sympathetically: either they're lying to my face, or do not understand their own leadership in politics," RIA Novosti quotes the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying.