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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Russia/EU ties are deteriorating over the made-in-the-USA Navalny incident.

On Friday, Sergey Lavrov accused Germany of being in breach of its international obligations for failing to provide Moscow with information it claims to have about the Navalny incident.

He believes neither Berlin, the EU bloc or OPCW will publicly reveal what they claim to know about what happened to him — because no evidence of his novichok poisoning exists.

Following a joint press conference with Lavrov, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said his country “will of course join the sanctions against” Russia — even though they’re unjustifiable and unlawful.

Le Monde reported that nine Russian officials will be targeted, a formal decision to be announced on Monday, specific sanctions at a later date.

According to Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta, if Moscow doesn’t admit responsibility for what it had nothing to do with, EU sanctions will be announced next week, adding:

A joint German/French statement said the bloc may compromise with Russia.

Moscow’s position is clear. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the EU of unacceptable threats and blackmail.

Separately, Lavrov called the unacceptable EU position on Belarus contradictory — imposing sanctions while most bloc nations oppose burning bridges with Minsk.

Noting two Belarus/EU trends, he said the following:

“The first trend is fueled by those countries that are immediate neighbors of Belarus (notably Lithuania and Poland) that assumed an aggressive stance, including appealing to historic times when both the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Rzeczpospolita existed.” 

“These countries are apparently driven by temptation, a rather serious one, to cultivate an additional geopolitical space.”

They aim to prevent Belarus from joining with Russia in a Union State. Most bloc nations reject their position.

“The other trend, promoted by responsible, serious states is that the EU shouldn’t repeat the same mistakes that were made regarding Ukraine.” 

“This is why the EU statements are rather evasive.”

Most bloc nations want to maintain normalized relations with Belarus, Lavrov believes.

He noted that President Lukashenko proposed constitutional reform.

Lavrov called it an “opportunity to establish nationwide dialogue  during which all segments of Belarusian society can reach an agreement on how they want to develop their state, their nation further.”

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.