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Lavrov: Economic development cannot be based on sanctions against competitors

January 26, 10:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 26. /TASS/. Russia should not build a model of its economic development on the basis of possible use of sanctions against its competitors, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday at a news conference on the results of 2015.

"Obviously, it might be good if in the current conditions an oil producing country, or better several such countries, turn out to be closed this or that way - either because of a conflict or a disaster when they cannot think about oil production and exports, or due to sanctions banning ten to export oil," he said ironically. "In such case, the market might have pared losses and the prices might have gone up. The situation would have eased probably for several days or maybe months with everyone breathing a sigh of relief."

"But if we want to live in a fair world, would it be right to build plans of our development hoping that someone would have his rights limited or would keep on facing sanctions or would be bombed," he said. "If you are oriented towards such scenarios, first, you make your own development hostage to certain developments that are beyond your power and, second, you are seeking some easy ways to solve routine problems when profound and strategic solutions are needed."

The Russian president, according to Lavrov, is referring to such solutions that have grown ripe in the Russian economy. "So, it is better and more honest, and what is most important, it is more sustainable to build our strategy of development with due account of all factors of the present-day world in condition of its normal development and not to count on hopes that someone is punished somewhere to make a more favorable market for us," the Russian minister noted. "We should be guided by what we are saying out loud and what all countries are saying that we all are in favor of free development of international relations, for free and comprehensive development of each state."

"In the long-time perspective, it would be 100% more useful for our country," Lavrov stressed.

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