If it is in Russia’s interests to make concessions to the West, we need to make them. But should we? It was not us who imposed the sanctions.
Brussels [the EU] is forced and obliged to work out what the Americans say: sanctions and so on. I mean the Brussels elite. As for the countries and the real state of affairs, in Italy, France or Germany, the business continues and continues to work with Russia. Very closely.
No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on sanctions.
Since March 2014, the EU - including its member states Italy, France and Germany - has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.