Lavrov Says Disappointed by Obama’s Call to Expand Sanctions against Russia

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Lavrov Says Disappointed by Obama’s Call to Expand Sanctions against Russia
Published 16-07-2014, 02:50
FORTALEZA (Brazil), July 16 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented Tuesday on the call by US President Barack Obama to expand sanctions against Russia.

"It is sad that the president of the great power approaches such issues from such a position,” Lavrov told reporters.

"I’d like to mention as well that all the BRICS leaders stressed that by condemning unilateral actions in the global politics they do not seek confrontation, but on the contrary advocate joint efforts with the participation of all the great powers that would try to find a mutually acceptable solution to various problems,” the Russian diplomat added.

Lavrov in this connection referred to the words of President Vladimir Putin who was speaking about the positive experience of the cooperation on the Syrian issue during the meeting with the BRICS leaders earlier on Monday.

"That is why we should, probably, take a philosophical approach to every problem, but we oppose unilateral actions and emotions with the reason and pragmatism,” the minister said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Obama urged EU envoys to impose tougher measures against Russia. In case the EU leaders refuse to adopt new sanctions, the White House will act unilaterally. According to media reports, new sanctions will target the financial and defense sectors of the Russian economy.

 

RIA Novosti

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