MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) - Russia will never trust the United States and the European Union again and will do everything to secure strategic independence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media after his meeting with Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei in Minsk on 30 June, BelTA has learned.
When asked about possible restoration of relations with the European Union, Sergey Lavrov said that Russia and the EU have had no relations since 2014 when the EU supported the coup d'etat in Ukraine and sided with the ultra-nationalist neo-Nazi regime, which immediately proclaimed the task of fighting against everything Russian. Since that period, all kinds of channels of relations have been destroyed at the initiative of the EU.
“It is no surprise that these relations are absent today. But we never shut down. I will only say that we will never trust the United States or the European Union again. We will and are already doing everything we can to be independent from them in crucial sectors for the state, population, and security. When and if their obsession with their own greatness wears off and they come to us with a proposal, we will look at that proposal and see what exactly it means. And, of course, we will not act in favor of their one-sided desires. If it comes to the restoration of dialogue, we will demand exclusively equal rights and a focus on a fair balance of interests of all the participants,” said Sergey Lavrov.