Russia cannot unilaterally lift its restrictive countermeasures from some particular countries or sectors, even though its EU partners have repeatedly urged it to do so, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
"I won't deny it that I've had multiple meetings with my counterparts from various European countries, with business people, and, by the way, with policymakers and heads of government of these countries, who told me: 'Lift the restrictive measures from us in this or that sector'. But we can't do so," Medvedev said at a meeting with members of the Russian and German business communities on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
"First, these are restrictive countermeasures, and second, the WTO rules do not allow this, or otherwise this would look like a selective approach," Medvedev said.
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