Putin to meet with Iraq’s visiting Vice-President Nouri al-Maliki TueRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 25, 6:49
Russian super-heavy booster vehicle to bring payloads of 70 tns to orbitScience & Space July 25, 5:34
New limits on microloans to kill off most micro lenders in Russia, say expertsBusiness & Economy July 25, 3:45
Lavrov says astonished to watch mass hysteria among US politiciansRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 25, 1:35
Lavrov comments on Syrian de-escalation zone agreementRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 24, 20:15
Iraq calls for closer cooperation with RussiaWorld July 24, 19:09
Russia develops laser-guided automatic landing system for dronesMilitary & Defense July 24, 18:22
Communist propaganda ban not aiming to dismantle Soviet WWII memorials, vows Polish envoyWorld July 24, 18:16
Situation with Siemens won’t affect Russian companies — energy ministerBusiness & Economy July 24, 18:11
MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. The policy of anti-Russian sanctions is "absolutely foolish," French MP Thierry Mariani said on Thursday.
"We need to overcome this absolutely foolish policy of sanctions," Mariani told a seminar on Europe’s development prospects in Moscow.
"Sanctions interfere with our relations [with Russia]," Mariani, who is a member of French National Assembly’s Commission on International Affairs, said. "Russia is suffering. However, France, Germany and the whole of Europe are suffering as well, becoming poorer from these sanctions. From the economic and political point of view, these sanctions are absolutely useless," he stressed.
Russian State Duma’s Committee on Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Ties with Compatriots chairman Leonid Slutsky said that sanctions are the result of anti-Russian propaganda "artificially distributed in the political and informational space of the European continent." "This reminds the situation of 2008 when [European media] said that it was Russia, and not Mikheil Saakashvili [former Georgian President] who attacked South Ossetia," Slutsky said, adding that Russia and Europe should try to understand each other better.
Thierry Mariani arrived in Moscow as a head of the French delegation that includes 20 MPs on the invitation of State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin.