Russia does not intend to repent and apologize for its actions in Ukraine. Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Lavrov made a corresponding statement at a joint press conference with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders in Moscow.
Lavrov said that Russia is not interested in the attitude of Western countries regarding the issue of lifting sanctions.
"We are not interested in the attitude of the European Union and, in general, those countries that imposed sanctions against us, what they think about this; we read the estimates, they all as one, say that sanctions are detrimental to our bilateral relations," he said, and again repeated that the sanctions affect those countries that had introduced them more than the Russian Federation.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Russia will not ask anyone to change the policy of sanctions and expects that those who conduct it will come to realize its "deadlock", as it pursues ideological and geopolitical goals.
"As long as this line has not stopped, we, of course, are engaged in our economy, the development of our opportunities to be independent of this kind of excesses, because a small but aggressive minority exists in the western camp that seeks to prevent normalization of relations with the Russian Federation. This minority is very often followed," he said.
The representative of the aggressor country noted that Russia is ready to resume an equal and mutually respectful dialogue.
“Without ultimatums, without demands to repent or apologize. We have explained all our actions openly, on the basis of international legal norms. All those who want to hear us, they heard. We spoke today about Ukraine and the Crimea," he said.
Reportedly, foreign guests at meetings in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were treated with Crimean wines. At official dinners, foreigners do not refuse wines from the annexed peninsula, which are illegally exported by the invaders.