MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s Committee for Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky claimed that the report in which the European Parliament abandons strategic partnership with Russia defends the interests of Washington, and not of the European people.
"The European Parliament decided to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia by approving another anti-Russian resolution. Admittedly, it would be presumptuous to expect anything else from the legislative body that has recently recognized the impostor Juan Guaido as the president of Venezuela. In relation to both this issue and the issue of cooperation with Russia, the European Parliament defends the political and economic interests of Washington, and not the European constituents," Slutsky told reporters on Tuesday.
Earlier, the European Parliament approved a report on the state of EU-Russia political relations, which claims that it will no longer view Russia as a strategic partner and urges to abandon the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.
The Russian MP noted that the European Parliament’s decisions are not legally binding. "The calls to cancel Nord Stream 2 or to abandon the strategic partnership with Russia remain just that, calls, although of a very Russophobic nature. This is not surprising, taking into account that the report was prepared by an MP from Latvia Sandra Kalniete, notorious for her lack of objectivity towards Russia," Slutsky noted.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to come into service at the end of 2019. The pipeline is set to run from the Russian coast along the Baltic Sea bed to the German shore. Each of the pipeline’s two stretches will have a capacity of 27.5 bln cubic meters. The total cost of the project has been estimated at 9.5 bln euro.