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    Kremlin sees no “reciprocity” from US or EU in its attempts to normalize relations

    The Kremlin on Saturday lamented the lack of “reciprocity” from the United States or the European Union in the Russian government’s efforts to normalize the deteriorating relations between the two international powers, in the first comments following Friday’s tough speech by U.S. President Joe Biden, who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of exercising bullying tactics.

    “Russia has been and remains interested in establishing good relations with both the United States and the European Union. We are doing a lot for it, trying to induce our colleagues to show willingness to normalize relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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    “We don’t always succeed and we don’t always see reciprocity, but lately we are not seeing it at all,” the spokesman added in statements carried by Russia’s official Sputnik news agency.

    During his speech on Friday on the occasion of the Munich Security Conference, Biden called on the Kremlin to refrain from resorting to bullying tactics and allow countries to choose freely and “without threat” their own future.

    “Their leaders try to portray us as being as corrupt as they are. But the world, including Russia’s own citizens, knows that’s not true,” Biden said, before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to “undermine the European project and transatlantic unity” because “the Kremlin finds it much easier to bully individual states than to negotiate with a united community.”

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    “The challenges with Russia are different from those with China, but they are just as important. This is not a confrontation between East and West. We want a future where countries can choose their path without threats. We cannot go back to the Cold War blocs”, added the President who claimed the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the conflict between Kiev and the self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

    As far as the EU is concerned, last February 12, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Moscow would be prepared to break off relations with the EU, if possible new sanctions from Brussels put the Russian economy at risk.

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    However, Peskov later clarified that Russia does not want to break ties with the EU bloc, but that at the same time Moscow is prepared for the worst scenario in its relations with Brussels.

    Bazezew Zerihun
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