Lavrov to EU: Russia ready for both aggression and dialogue
Moscow won’t leave without a response new unfriendly acts that are being prepared in Brussels, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday while speaking at the opening of a conference on Russia-EU relations.
The top diplomat emphasized that Russia is ready for an honest and equal interaction with the European Union. "This does not mean that we will leave without any reaction the new unfriendly steps, the attempts to talk from a position of strength, meddling in internal affairs. Such steps are being prepared, it is being talked about openly, but the response will definitely follow," he said.
According to Lavrov, Moscow is surprised by Brussels' passive reaction to Washington's policy of running the system of arms control.
"The European Union's reaction to the systematic ruining through the U.S. fault of arms control regimes is surprising," TASS cited him as saying.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin's detailed and concrete proposal for preventing the emergence of ground-launched intermediate range missiles has been left unnoticed," Lavrov said.
"Let me stress it once again that in particular they try to play down the coordination of a verification mechanism envisaging absolutely concrete procedures, such as visits to the Kaliningrad Region in exchange for visits to US missile defense bases in Poland and Romania."
Lavrov stressed that anti-Russian rhetoric in the West was transforming into a military buildup against Russia.