The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on her Telegram channel, commented on the lawsuit filed by the European Union with the World Trade Organization against Russia for 290 billion euros for “discrimination against European goods by the import substitution policy.”
According to the Russian diplomat, the EU’s claims against Russia in this case are groundless. After all, it was the Western sanctions that forced Moscow to implement the import substitution policy.
“Now we know how much the European Union has assessed the stupidity and lack of independence of its own political elites … Import substitution was a response to the EU sanctions against Russia. Brussels long said that our country was“ severely punished, ”the diplomat wrote.
According to Zakharova, European countries were not ready to impose sanctions against Russia in connection with the events in Ukraine.
“Europe did not want to introduce them, but Obama had to put Europe in a difficult position and force it to act against Russia, despite the risk of economic damage to itself. The EU countries agreed to this only under strong pressure from Washington … Biden noted that it was Bely’s efforts at home allowed the US and the EU to unite. He did not add, however, how much Brussels would pay for this, “the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman summed up.