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Newsline: Russian ambassador says Kremlin isn’t trying to destabilize the EU

Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s ambassador to the EU, denied Moscow was trying to destabilize the European Union but said he envisioned a contest of “values” between Russia and the West in the decades ahead. Chizhov, speaking at a press briefing Wednesday, blamed the strained relations between the EU and Russia on the United States and urged Brussels “to be more independent in its decision-making.” Asked why so many diplomats in Brussels believe Russia was working to undermine the West and accuse the Kremlin of meddling in European elections, Chizhov said the claims were a throwback to the Cold War. “I have a feeling that this anti-Russian rhetoric, bordering on the verge of hysteria, which was originally linked to domestic political problems in the United States in view of last year’s presidential elections — this has become a contagious thing crossing the Atlantic and spreading across Europe,” he said. Chizhov added: “Let me tell you in all frankness: It is not Russia’s intention to destabilize the European Union.” Chizhov’s briefing in Brussels came a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Merkel said she told Putin Western sanctions against Russia would be lifted once the Minsk peace accord is implemented in eastern Ukraine.

http://www.politico.eu/article/russian-ambassador-kremlin-isnt-trying-to-destabilize-the-eu/

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