Moscow is taken aback as Germany is led by the nose by the Russophobic minority in the EU and places politics above economy, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday at the meeting with the members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB).
“We are surprised that the pragmatic EU members who traditionally were best known for their commitment to Realpolitik take the lead from the Russophobic minority demanding to place politics above economy in the relations with Moscow,” Lavrov said.
“Probably, we were completely wrong when we made assessments about the German character in the course of the centuries-old ties with this great country,” he added.
The strategic review of relations with Russia at the meeting of the European Council last week showed that “the EU is still not ready to develop a pragmatic line” towards Moscow that meets its own interests, Lavrov said.
“Everything that is aimed at undermining relations in this sphere (economic cooperation) for the sake of geopolitical considerations, I hope all this is superficial and will be washed away by a wave of purely economic interests,” he added.