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03 March 2024

Zakharova spoke about relations with countries under sanctions

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on import substitution, interaction with the EAEU and the liberal economy.

Today there was a briefing by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, during which she commented on a number of topics of the international story of the day.

In response to a question from a journalist from The Moscow Post about relations between the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan under sanctions and about the EAEU, the diplomat said that Russia and Kazakhstan are bound by mutual obligations. Both bilateral and multilateral formats, including within the EAEU, not a single party refused its obligations.

She added that at the same time everyone knows about the colossal pressure of the West on Russian partners in the union and on other partners, it turns out to be at various levels.

"The tone of statements and demands of blackmail sometimes resembles just open aggression and such dubious, but already familiar, methods of work of the Western bloc only strengthen us in the correctness of the chosen path, which is based on the development of the Russian economy based on allies, partners who are ready for mutually beneficial, parity, honest cooperation," she added.

The diplomat noted that within the framework of the association, active work is underway to improve the stability of the economy of the member countries of the association, including ensuring macroeconomic stability.

"We continue to emphasize the policy of import substitution, about which statements and clarifications have been repeatedly made by the Government of our country," said Maria Zakharova. She recalled that Russia almost 100% provides itself with the main food products - grain, sugar, meat, vegetables, etc., which cannot be said about Western states with developed, according to them, liberal economies.

"I am not sure how generally the liberal economy can now generally correspond to the true meaning that was laid down in this concept," the Foreign Ministry representative added.

She believes that today liberal economies exist due to "again this imperialist approach and aggressive behavior on the world stage under the same mottos as it was centuries ago - namely, resources, resource capture."

She also said that foreign trade is being reoriented to new markets.

"It is important to understand that the EAEU countries are exporters of critical products - these are energy resources, minerals, agricultural products that cannot be replaced, neither the United States nor the EU, and, accordingly, here the issue is not only in, so to speak, the possibility of compensation, but in full, I have already said about this, but also in prices, even if it is a partial replacement," she added.

Answering the second question of our journalist, Maria Zakharova recalled that Russia and Kazakhstan remain strategic partners and allies. She noted that there is an unprecedented, absolutely illegal sanctions pressure on various states of the world, but even in such conditions, interaction between countries does not stop.

"All relevant ministries, departments maintain intensive contacts, heads of state and government regularly call," she added and recalled that a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation was held in March, at which comprehensive decisions were made.

And soon the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan will pay a working visit to Russia, he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, issues of the bilateral and international agenda will be discussed.

"All issues, including problematic ones, we with the Kazakhstan side, with partners, solve in a trust plan, discuss them and find mutually acceptable solutions," Maria Zakharova emphasized.

Photo: RIA Novosti/Ekaterina Chesnokova

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