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Following the special operation Russia launched against Ukraine, countries from both organizations have imposed sanctions against Russia. In addition, NATO started redeploying more troops towards its eastern fringes bordering Russia, while EU nations resurrected talks of a European army.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated that the European Union and NATO seem to be forming a modern coalition essentiality with the goal to wage war against Russia. The minister drew parallels between current-day events and those of the first half of the 20th century when Germany was preparing an attack on the USSR.
"When the Second World War began, Hitler gathered a significant part, if not the majority part, of European countries under his banners for the war against the Soviet Union. Now, [...] the European Union, together with NATO, is forming such a modern coalition to fight [...] a war against Russia," Lavrov told reporters.
The minister also stressed that Moscow has few illusions regarding current anti-Russian sentiments in the EU or hopes that they will somehow dissipate in the foreseeable future. He added that it was the path that Europeans had chosen.
"Of course, we will be looking at the real actions of the European Union and following the steps it is taking. [We will monitor] whether candidate countries comply with these requirements or [if] they still try to maintain their independence," Lavrov said.
EU proves it won't fulfill agreements between itself and #Russia, has taken a "Russophobic" stance, and is assembling coalition with #NATO for "war" - Russian Foreign Minister #Lavrov.
The Russian foreign minister brought up the example of Serbia that does not want to abdicate its policy-making independence as European politicians try to dictate to Belgrade how it should act. Serbia has been a candidate for EU membership since 2012.
Lavrov's comments came in the wake of the EU's decision to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, while excluding Georgia, which has refused to join anti-Russian sanctions so far. In line with the minister's warnings, EU leaders adopted a document the day after appointing new candidates which says that sanction pressure against Russia will continue and that candidate states should join the policy.
Candidate status is only the first step on the path to EU membership, which can take decades and does not guarantee the end result.