AGV NEWS: Russia’s envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov says that he expects EU sanctions to be lifted before the United Kingdom leaves the bloc. “One can imagine a hypothetical situation when, after leaving the EU, the UK decides to refuse to participate in the EU sanctions. But I still hope that before the UK withdrawal from the EU, the issue of sanctions will resolve itself,” Chizhov said.
He also added that the next step after Mogherini’s working visit to Russia in April could be a session of the permanent Russia-EU council, with the further return of other types of cooperation. “This doesn’t mean that everything will be restored in its original form. In general, neither we nor they need this ‘business as usual’ approach. We want a more pragmatic interaction oriented toward feasible results,” RIA Novosti quoted the Russian diplomat as saying.