MOSCOW (Sputnik) — She added that it was very important for Russia to establish new international contacts and to cooperate with foreign partners.
"Of course we have a long way to go to overcome the consequences of the anti-Russia campaign. But we definitely should not declare a political boycott in response," Matvienko said.
In 2014, relations between Russia and the West deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Brussels, Washington and their allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions over Crimea's reunification with Russia and for Moscow's alleged meddling in the Ukrainian conflict.
Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive.