Comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow is ready to sever relations with the European Union if the bloc hits it with new economic sanctions have been described as “worrying” by the German Foreign Ministry

“These statements are really disturbing and incomprehensible”, said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry at a regular press conference of the government in Berlin did not rule out new sanctions, but at the same time stressed the importance of the dialogue with Russia

Relations between Russia and the West have come under renewed pressure due to the arrest and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, which has sparked discussion about possible new sanctions

Accused the EU of spreading lies about the circumstances of the poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of Navalny, Lavrov said: “We are getting used to the fact that the European Union is trying to impose unilateral restrictions and illegitimate restrictions and we are walking in.” at this stage on the assumption that the European Union is an unreliable partner “

High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell, who was about to resign after his disastrous “aggressively staged press conference” with Lavrov in Moscow earlier this month, said: “Russia does not want to take the opportunity to have a more constructive dialogue with the EU is unfortunate and we must draw the consequences “

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