NATO’s actions create risks to European security — Russian NATO envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 19:52
Putin: Moscow ready to resume gas supplies to Ukraine on prepaid basisBusiness & Economy October 27, 19:47
Putin is sure Russia and Ukraine will find way to end crisisRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 19:32
Refugee crisis demonstrates EU incapacities — Austria’s ex-presidentWorld October 27, 19:08
Putin: Russia is not going to attack anyoneRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 18:20
Putin urges new Marshall Plan for Middle East to see recovery and growthRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 17:30
Zakharova slams Latvia’s crusade against historical memory as harmful to kids’ educationRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 17:22
Russian diplomat rejects Kiev reports on armed police mission in DonbassRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 17:07
Lavrov: Russian leaders need no one’s permission to visit CrimeaRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 17:03
MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. The member states of the European Union have divided into three categories on the issue of anti-Russian sanctions, chairman of Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Alexey Pushkov said on Wednesday.
"My personal impression is that there are three groups of countries in the European Union now. The first group wants to keep sanctions [against Russia] and extend them for indefinite time. Another group want sanctions to be lifted but sees this as the joint position of EU. That is, it proposes to us and EU to look for ways to cancel sanctions," Pushkov said. The second group of countries "is actively interested in lifting sanctions but does not go beyond solidarity," he added.
The third group of countries is "waiting which group from the aforementioned two will gain the upper hand," he went on. "These countries almost never many any statements on these matters," the lawmaker noted.
Pushkov took part in today’s meeting between State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin and Austrian President Heinz Fischer. At the meeting, Fischer noted the importance of looking for ways to lift sanctions from Moscow.
The Russian lawmaker said that Austria "belongs to those countries that want sanctions to be lifted but at the same time assigns great importance to maintaining EU’s common position on this issue."