EU Sanctions Are Emotional Step Instructed By US – Russian Parliament Speaker – 31 August 2014

Sergey Naryshkin at RT on August 30, 2014 (Image by RIA Novosti)

Sergey Naryshkin at RT on August 30, 2014 (Image by RIA Novosti)

Blacklisting Russian individuals and targeting the country’s economy is but an emotional step the EU took after an apparent instruction from the US, Russian State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin told RT. But Moscow hasn’t sought to even the score, he added.

Naryshkin called the personalized sanctions imposed on Russian MPs, including Naryshkin himself, by European counterparts “strange, or even absurd” since Europeans “have always prided themselves on their democratic tradition,” while the personalized sanctions are “absolutely at odds” with that.

“Our partners keep saying that it’s very important to hear Russia’s stance on this highly complex situation that presents a threat to Europe. But then they go ahead and limit their own ability to maintain contact and dialogue with the Russian side, and specifically Russian MPs,” Naryshkin said, adding that sanctions are not the “end of the world.”

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