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Lavrov: US aim in Ukraine is to impair Russia’s cooperation with EU, Germany in particular

April 22, 2015, 16:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Lavrov said that it is rather hard to make Berlin bow to any bans

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MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has no doubts that the underlying purpose of the US in Ukraine is to impair partnership between Russia and the European Union.

"It is important to have someone dependent on the United States all the time. As for the Ukrainian crisis, its aim is to leave no chance for us to deepen our partnership with the EU, or even to throw back the prospects for such partnership, in particular, that between Russia and Germany," Lavrov said in a live interview broadcast on three Russian radio stations on Wednesday.

"I have no doubts that this is the strategic aim. I am saying so not because I make guesses. I have sources I trust," Lavrov said.

"The open partnership of Russia and Germany is essential for invigorating the European Union and for attaching priority to the policy of safeguarding EU interests and the interests of individual member-states in order to avoid farming out EU policies to marginalized forces, which by and large act on instructions from overseas," Lavrov said.

As for US attempts to create hindrances to a rapprochement between Russia and Germany Lavrov said that it was rather hard to make Berlin bow to any bans.

"I believe that would be a national disgrace for the Germans," he said. "I do not think that they will go as far as abiding by bans. But the Americans have been doing a lot in attempts to prevent a rapprochement between Russia and Germany.".

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