Russia to respond to EU hostility yet ready for dialogue: FM

(Xinhua) 09:01, June 01, 2021

MOSCOW, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Russia will retaliate for any "unfriendly" moves from the European Union (EU) but remains ready for open dialogue based on equality, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

"We will not leave unfriendly moves, including attempts to talk from a position of strength and interference in internal affairs, without a response," Lavrov said at the opening of a conference on Russian-EU relations in Moscow.

He said that while the bloc is mulling anti-Russian moves, initiators of such hostile policies should consider whether they are in line with the EU's interests.

Lavrov criticized the EU for preferring "ungrounded accusations" to "fact-based dialogue."

Nevertheless, the top diplomat said that Russia is interested in conversations with the EU.

"We have repeatedly said that we are open for constructive cooperation with the EU that would be based on the principles of equality and mutual respect," he added.

According to Lavrov, the two sides could work together to counter international terrorism, combat drug trafficking, curb cybercrimes, preserve strategic stability, address climate change, and fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Web editor: Shi Xi, Liang Jun)


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