Moscow, February 12
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday his country would be ready to sever ties with the European Union if the bloc hit it with painful economic sanctions, a statement that Germany described as disconcerting and incomprehensible.
The relationship between Russia and the West has come under renewed pressure over the arrest and jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Three European diplomats said the EU was likely to impose travel bans and asset freezes on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, possibly as soon as this month. We don’t want to isolate ourselves, but we have to be ready for that, Lavrov said. — Reuters