Sarkozy spoke about the unforeseen effects of anti-Russian sanctions

© RIA Novosti / Alexey Witwicki French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Archival photoSarkozy spoke about the unforeseen effects of anti-Russian sanctions© RIA Novosti / Alexei vitvitskiy

Anti-Russian sanctions led to the «unexpected effect», for which Moscow is moving away from Europe and moving closer to Beijing, said in an interview with the Point, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The politician said that sanctions against Moscow is counterproductive, does not meet the interests of Europeans and imposed «orders Donald trump». The former President also expressed regret that the policy of economic restrictions is to «do everything possible to push Russia into the arms of China.» In his opinion, Moscow should «reach out».

«We need to improve relations with Russia. Now imagine a new supranational organization in which there were three parties: Europe, Turkey and Russia,» said Sarkozy, adding that he had previously been against Turkey’s accession to the EU.

The former President advocated reinforced dialogue between Moscow and Brussles and a deeper integration of Russia. According to him, this «will strengthen the architecture of the continent», as countries like Ukraine do not have to choose between the two sides.

Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated after the coup in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. USA and some other countries have accused Moscow of meddling and imposed sanctions against it. Russia retaliated and took a course on import substitution. The Kremlin has repeatedly said that Russia not involved in Ukraine’s internal conflict, and Crimea joined Russia in a democratic way — by referendum.

Sarkozy spoke about the unforeseen effects of anti-Russian sanctions© Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures