Foreign Minister Lavrov: Russia has nothing to do with the European Union

Lavrov, who is in China for the meetings, says the European Union has, in unilateral actions, destroyed all “relevant mechanisms and infrastructure”.

“The truth is that the United States, Europe and the entire Western world are replacing diplomacy, losing this artistic form, through this procedure to impose their rules on everyone that they believe should form the basis of the world order – not international law, but Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency Interfax,” the rules”.

– And the penalties are a kind of these rules.

According to Lavrov, Russia now has only individual relations with countries in the European Union region. He adds that the development will likely mean that Russia’s cooperation with China will deepen faster than it would have otherwise.

During the development of Monday The European Union is adding eleven new names to its sanctions list of people accused of international human rights violations. Four of these were high-ranking Chinese officials, all linked to Uighur abuses in Xinjiang.

The European Union’s move against China was the first of its kind targeting Beijing since 1989. Britain, the United States and Canada also supported sanctions.

Beijing regime responded Immediately and Targeted sanctions against ten Europeans – including the Swedish expert on China, Bjorn Girden – is on his sanctions list. It contains people who are believed to “intentionally harm China’s sovereignty and interests and deliberately spread lies.”

The new EU sanctions were placed within the framework of the new comprehensive system that the European Union countries agreed to in December 2020 after several years of debate. There, people believed to have committed human rights violations may be subject to entry bans into the European Union and a freeze on their potential assets in member states – regardless of where the violations occur.

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Earlier in March, four senior Russian officials became the first to be on the list, after the assassination attempt on opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Later this week, the heads of state and government of the European Union will meet for a digital summit, then hold an appropriate discussion on relations with Russia, which has been billed as the worst in decades.

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