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Hollande, Merkel lose leadership in EU under influence of Russophobes ― Russian lawmaker

December 15, 2016, 5:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Under their current leaders, France and Germany "have lost real leadership in EU which they have enjoyed over the last decades," Konstantin Kosachev said

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Konstantin Kosachev

Konstantin Kosachev

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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. By speaking in favor of extending anti-Russian sanctions at the EU summit, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel demonstrated the loss of leading positions in the European Union, Kosntantin Kosachev, chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee, wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.

"Russia itself, not its actions in this or that situation are… the aim of foreign policy of a certain group of EU countries that ran away from the former USSR and that still cannot ‘come to their senses’, that is, find their place and role in the changed world. This is the Russophobic quartet ― three Baltic States and Poland. There are also northern curators of runaways, first of all UK and Sweden," Kosachev wrote.

"The statements of Hollande and Merkel in favor of extending sanctions against Russia mean one thing. Under their current leaders, these two countries have lost real leadership in EU which they have enjoyed over the last decades. They are not leading now but are led," he added. "The European Union in its current condition is a caravan moving with the speed of the slowest camel in the wrong direction," he noted.

Kosachev noted that nonconformity in EU "persists but is countered." So, no member country is likely to use its veto right against extending sanctions against Russia, the lawmaker said. "Corporate solidarity will most likely gain the upper hand (or will be imposed). ‘We are against sanctions but we don’t want to violate the Union’s rules,’ that’s how it will be like," he concluded.

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