Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that communication between Moscow and EU leaders could be terminated, complaining about the lack of understanding in the European community of the need for mutually respectful dialogue. Lavrov said this during a speech at the Valdai discussion forum, Interfax reports.
"Those people who are responsible for foreign policy in the West and do not understand the need for a mutually respectful conversation, perhaps we should just stop communicating with them for a while, especially since [head of the European Commission] Ursula von der Leyen says, that the geopolitical partnership with the current Russian government is not working. So be it if they want it," the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
On the issue of the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Lavrov pointed out the need for the EU and Germany to fulfill their international legal obligations in this case, in particular, the European Convention on Assistance in Criminal Matters and its supplementary protocols.
According to the Minister, he expressed the Russian vision of the current situation to the high representative of the EU Josep Borrell and noted the arrogant attitude of the European Union on this issue.