Sergey Lavrov: EU adopted sanctions against Russia under pressure from US

Baku: The European Union adopted sanctions against Russia under pressure from the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Kommersant business daily, APA reports.

“No one keeps it secret that it is the Americans who made the entire European Union subdue to their demands, which was directly without embarrassment voiced by US vice president Joseph Biden, who spoke a few months ago at one of American universities,” the Russian minister said.

Touching on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Lavrov expressed his confidence that the parties will be committed to the Minsk agreements. The minister underlined the importance of solving the problem of political system in Ukraine and noted that otherwise problems will regularly occur in the country.

Lavrov said only Russia is providing economic aid to Ukraine currently. He said $33-34 billion was given to Kiev as subsidies and discounts in recent years.

“The West hasn’t yet taken any steps except certain subsidies, grants and loans. Now the trump card is in Western hands and it’s a great trump card.”