MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) - Using sanctions, the United States seeks to weaken not only Belarus and Russia, but also the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following the talks with Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei in Minsk on 30 June, BelTA has learned.
The minister was asked what goal, in his opinion, the United States and the EU pursue by imposing sanctions against Belarus and Russia and refusing to import goods from these countries.
Sergey Lavrov said that the motivation is obvious and this has been stated publicly more than once: "They expect the unconditional obedience of all other states to their will, which reflects their selfish interests, primarily the interests of the United States. As we have seen more than once, modern Europe, represented by the European Union, is losing its independence or what's left of it and is fully subordinate to the will of the United States, including in the field of economic sanctions, Russian imports, disrupting the logistics and financial chains that have been created for decades.
If you take a closer look at the sanctions against Russia and Belarus, you will see that the United States spares itself and treads carefully in the areas where their economy might be affected, the foreign minister. The United States are feeling a negative impact from their activities, but Europe is suffering much more. "The task is not only to weaken and punish our countries, but also to weaken the European Union," Sergey Lavrov said.