"We hope that common sense will prevail and the Russian-EU relationship will get back to normal and will be governed by respect for each other's interests, considered that Russia and the EU have common goals – from stable growth to an effective fight against numerous security challenges", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Bulgarian publication, the International Life, ONA reports.
Lavrov said years of tit-for-tat restrictions had cost EU companies billions of euros in missed revenues.
Mr Lavrov invited Europe to make the first step by scrapping the sanctions: "Then Russia will cancel its countermeasures. The ball is in EU's court."
"Unfortunately, well-being and stability of the European home depend on a small group of extremely aggressive Russophobes inside the EU who basically act on Washington's orders", Lavrov said.