Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lashed out at the European Union for sticking to its mentality of treating Russia as a threat and reaffirmed Moscow’s preparedness to improve its relations with the West، according to PressTV.
Speaking at the annual Munich Security Conference on Saturday، Lavrov criticized the EU for its 1990s mindset which views Russia as an “apprentice” that must be taught the Western values and the bloc’s current concerns over the idea of “Russian threat” which accuses Moscow of meddling in all key issues across Europe.
"Over the past decades، the EU has not been able to find a middle ground in relations with our country. The 1990s were dominated by the idea of Russia as 'the apprentice،' which should be systematically، regardless of objections، schooled according to Western standards. Now، the irrational myth of the 'almighty Russian threat' is exploited، traces of which can be found everywhere - from Brexit to the Catalan referendum،" said Lavrov.
"Both are deeply flawed stereotype and only proves the lack of common sense and understanding of our country،" he added.
"We noticed that the number of people who feel uncomfortable about the abnormal situation in our relations is growing in the EU،" Lavrov said.
He noted that the situation had turned into a "diplomatic paralysis" for the EU، calling on the bloc’s members to work together to upgrade the international relations systems.
"Russia is open to an equal، mutually respectful partnership that will be based on the balance of interests with the EU in order to find effective solutions to the challenges of a present day. We are ready to build relations with the US and other countries based on the same principles،" Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister also called for mutual cooperation with the US، EU and China with regard to the ongoing security situation in the Middle East.