Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that new European sanctions against Moscow will undermine efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine but that the "point of no return" has not been passed in Russia-EU relations.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper "El Pais" posted on the Foreign Ministry website on September 17, Lavrov said the sanctions "send a signal of direct support to the party of war in Kyiv."
Lavrov noted that what he called the "safety net" in Russia-EU relations would "enable us not only to restore the pre-conflict status quo but to move forward."
For this, he said the EU and the United States "should finally listen to the voice of reason and break this senseless, vicious circle" of tit-for-tat sanctions.
Lavrov said a cease-fire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists "is being observed on the whole."