: E.U. sovereignty 'a bit overestimated' - Lavrov

10:52 May. 25, 2016

E.U. sovereignty 'a bit overestimated' - Lavrov

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov (AP Photo)

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister says, Europe depends on U.S. politically and economically 

Moscow "a little bit overestimated" European sovereignty. Joint sanctions against Russia imposed by the E.U. and U.S. demonstrated Brussels' dependency on Washington.

This bold statement was made by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Hungary.

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"We want a strong European Union to cooperate with. But the truth is, its sovereignty is "a bit overestimated". Ukrainian crisis has shown how the E.U. depends on Washington politically and economically", Lavrov said in an interview with Hungarian media outlet Magyar Nemzet

The Minister also claimed, Russia managed to stabilise its industrial production and national currency, damaged by the sanctions. And economic restrictions approved by the E.U. actually do "significant harm to Europe itself".

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When asked about NATO presence in Europe, Lavrov said Russia would "parry all risks and threats to national security". He blamed the alliance for destabilising security in Europe and the world.

"NATO is deliberately undermining the strategic balance in Europe by increasing its military presence near Russian borders and by enabling the European segment of the American national missile defence. But I hope our Western partners will eventually come to their senses", Lavrov concluded.


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