Russia may switch to other trade partners if EU and US impose economic sanctions against it – spokesman

Russia may switch to other trade partners if  EU and US impose economic sanctions against it – spokesman

YEREVAN, March 19. / ARKA /. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian president, said in an interview with BBC that Moscow would switch to other trade partners if the European Union and the United States imposed economic sanctions against Moscow. 

"If an economic partner in one part of the world decides to slap sanctions on us, we will shift our attention to other partners in other parts of the world,” Peskov said Wednesday.

Peskov said any EU or US sanctions against Russia are unacceptable and added that Moscow was open to further economic cooperation with the Europena Union.

Peskov stressed that Russia wanted to stay on good terms with the EU and US, especially with the EU ‘because the European Union is Russia's key economic, investment and trade partner.’ 

“Our mutual economic interdependence means it is our duty to preserve good relations,” he said.

Putin's spokesman also told BBC that no discussion could be called global unless Russia could take part in it. -0-

11:18 19.03.2014

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