Russia does not put pressure on the countries of the "Eastern Partnership", spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich told a briefing in Moscow.

"Russia’s stand on "Eastern Partnership" has been repeatedly expressed by the President of the Russian Federation and the foreign minister of the Russian Federation. We do not put pressure on these countries. We just explain that we will have to protect our markets after the countries join the Association," Lukashevich said.

According to him, Russia does not dispute the rights of the "Eastern Partnership", but warns of the measures that the Russian side will be forced to take.

He believes that the politicization of the issue occurs thanks to journalistic efforts. "Do not try so hard. Russia is part of Europe. There are tremendous opportunities in trade and economic cooperation between Russia and the EU. Moreover, we conduct political dialogue," he said.


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