Expanding sanctions [against Russia] is in line with the completely destructive position that some officials in Brussels and in European bodies have chosen to maintain the hostile rhetoric towards Russia.
Moscow calls on the European side to search for points of intersection and common ground, which will help the efforts of European countries in a modern world characterized by high competitiveness.
Methods of imposing sanctions should be abandoned because they do not comply with the standards and spirit of international law.
This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about international sanctions against Russia. The claim was neither critically challenged nor counterbalanced in the article.
The economic sanctions imposed on Russian individuals and entities were fully in line with international law and were a reaction to Russia's illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Sanctions were imposed not only by the European Union, but also by the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and other European countries outside the EU.