Medvedev said that Russia will cancel retaliate against the West

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Attachability in photobacteria-Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Archive photoMedvedev said that Russia will cancel retaliate against the West© RIA Novosti / Dmitry attachability to the photobank

Russia cancels retaliatory measures only in case of withdrawal by Western countries of sanctions, the only possible symmetric approach, said Tuesday Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a press conference after talks with Belgian counterpart Charles Michel.

«If there are sanctions, there are retaliatory measures if the sanctions collapse, or we plan some sort of map of the departure from these sanctions, of course, we plan and how we will rebuild the manufacturing those goods that fell under restriction — that if we go this way, then all of this will take place,» Medvedev said.

The Prime Minister noted that «I did not think that pear will be an important topic for our dialogue today — but apparently, it is an important export article».

«So, I told a colleague, Mr. Prime Minister: in principle, we have a cold, but not everywhere so cold as in Moscow and St. Petersburg or Murmansk, we also grow pears, growing in the Caucasus, growing in the Rostov region, the Stavropol region, growing finally in the Crimea. But this does not mean that we close the opportunity to supply fruit and vegetables: pears, apples, other fruits, and from other countries. Moreover, there are unique varieties. But in order for that to happen, we need to abandon the constraints that we have introduced, and here there is only a symmetric approach», — concluded Medvedev.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine and around the Crimea. The West is accusing Russia of meddling, have imposed sanctions, Moscow responded, took a course on import substitution and has repeatedly said that talking with her in language of sanctions counterproductive. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine and the subject of the Minsk agreements on the settlement. Lately in the EU clearly there are opinions on necessity of cancellation of sanctions against Russia.

Medvedev said that Russia will cancel retaliate against the West© Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures