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Lavrov said that Russia will “think” about restarting relations with the West

The resumption of relations with Russia depends entirely on Western countries. They can put forward their proposals when they overcome their “frenzy” and remember the existence of Russia, but Moscow will think about the answer, the minister said

Sergei Lavrov

Russia will “seriously think” before resuming relations with the countries of the West, even if they themselves offer to do so, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a speech as part of the Primakov Gymnasium project “One Hundred Questions to the Leader”, the transcript is published on the website MFA.

“It depends entirely on Western countries. When they get over their “frenzy” and decide that there is Russia, it has not gone away, <…> if they want to offer something in terms of resuming relations, then we will seriously consider whether we will need it or not, — said the minister.

Russia's relations with Western countries deteriorated sharply after the start of a special operation in Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin, announcing it, said that Moscow took such a step to protect the population of Donbass from “genocide”, to achieve “denazification and demilitarization” Ukraine.

After the start of the special operation, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia, introduced martial law and announced general mobilization. Western countries, in particular, the EU states, the United States, Great Britain and Canada have imposed sanctions against certain Russian politicians and officials, as well as their family members. The restrictions affected the banking sector and some industries. In addition, Western countries began to massively expel employees of Russian diplomatic missions. Moscow responded with symmetrical measures and included all the states that imposed sanctions against it on the list of unfriendly countries. The gas payment for them was transferred to rubles by presidential decree.

In early March, even before the introduction of separate packages of sanctions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with RBC television that Moscow and the West would not return to the previous level of relations. He accused Western politicians of destroying “the architecture of relations and security that existed.”

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