EU sanctions against Russia are missing the mark and instead chipping away at the bloc’s economic independence, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday.
She slammed the tenth package of EU sanctions, which was unveiled on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of Moscow’s military campaign against Ukraine.
The measures targeted Russia’s banking sector and sought to curb its access to dual-use and advanced technologies.
Zakharova said she agreed with Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, who earlier this month described the restrictions as slow-acting but certain poison.
The only thing is that they, first of all, ‘kill’ the economic sovereignty of the European Union. The EU can slap itself with any number of restrictions regarding trade with Russia; this will only increase its dependence on its direct competitors.
Zakharova also blasted the bloc’s crackdown on Russian media, noting that Brussels was deliberately destroying the foundations of democratic society, undermining the principles and values the EU was built on in the first place.
The spokeswoman also offered a reminder that the EU, the USA and their satellites found themselves alone in imposing sanctions on Russia.
The rest of the world did not join any of the packages, rejecting restrictions as illegal, hurting the global economy and undermining food and energy security.
The EU’s threats to punish those who refuse to comply with the sanctions would only strengthen global opposition to what essentially is the neo-colonial dictatorial policy of the West.
Since the start of the Ukraine crisis, the EU has imposed restrictions on a total of 1,473 individuals and 205 entities that the bloc said undermined Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has described this campaign as a full-blown sanctions war, adding that it had failed to bring about the collapse of the nation’s economy.
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Zakharova said she agreed with Joseph Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, who earlier this month described the restrictions as “slow-acting but certain poison.” : He’s a Borrell of laughs… Well played Maria.
The only way to impress the audience, the battle of words?