DW: Recently Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia will be ready to cease its relations with the European Union in case the EU imposes sanctions that will hurt the Russian economy. Do you think the EU should be the first to suspend relations with Russia? Gitanas Nauseda:Our policy should be based on the core values, which are always important in the European Union: human rights, the rule of law. And we cannot tolerate what’s going on. We are talking about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the persecution of Navalny and persecution of other people, opposition leaders in this country. And of course, if we ignore those facts, then we cannot talk about the policy of the European Union towards Russia. But I agree that the sanctions on the European Union level should be imposed. I hope that there will be some improvement of our relations. But we cannot close our eyes and say that nothing happened in Ukraine in 2014, that nothing is happening in Belarus without any involvement of Russia. We cannot ignore those facts. And I think it’s very important for the European Union to have a very clear strategy for relations with Russia. Sometimes we take… Read full this story
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