Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
BRUSSELS, August 4. /TASS/. Moscow does not allow the European Union (EU) to use sanctions as an instrument of exerting pressure on Russia in talks on Ukraine and other problematic issues, a source in EU told TASS on Tuesday.
"Russia consistently moves away from discussing conditions for removing sanctions which deprives [EU] of possibility to use this issue as lever in diplomatic negotiations," the source said.
"If Russia was ready to make concessions like it happened in a situation with Iran, the issue of lifting sanctions could be solved diplomatically, in exchange for Moscow’s reciprocal steps in the situation around Ukraine, but Russia has systematically refused such format a of discussion," the source explained.
Thus, EU’s restrictive measures play the role of "an obstacle both for Russian and European economy," the diplomat noted. "In fact, the only reason to keep European restrictive measures against Russia is only to demonstrate the European Union’s readiness not to leave Russia’s policy in Ukraine without reaction, even if it leads to short-term economic losses for European countries. By doing this, we demonstrate our decisiveness," the source added.
In June, the European Union extended economic sanctions against Russia until the end of January 2016.