Moscow hopes for substantive dialogue between Lavrov and Mogherini on cooperation between the Russian Federation and the EU
MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Russia is ready to resume cooperation with the European Union and looks forward to a substantive discussion on ways to restore cooperation in the upcoming April 24 the working visit to Moscow of high representative of the Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini. This is stated in the commentary of the Russian foreign Ministry.
The visit is at the invitation of Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. During the talks, Lavrov and Mogherini will consider key aspects of bilateral relations and topical issues of the international agenda, said in depodesta.
“Relations Russia – the EU is going through a difficult period, – noted in comments. – A major irritant remains, the rate of the EU on the continuation of the sanctions pressure on Russia . Actively heated Russophobic sentiments in the European Union, are baseless accusations in seeking to weaken the EU and to influence the outcome of elections in some member countries”.
Differences must be overcome
“For our part, we proceed from the need of overcoming the existing differences, – stated in the document. – Interest in a stable, sustainable, predictable and independent of the European Union that remains our key trade and economic partners (it accounts for almost 45% of Russia’s foreign trade). Ready for full-fledged resumption of and active maintenance of channels of interaction with the EU in various areas.”
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The Russian foreign Ministry drew attention to the fact that “despite the current state of political dialogue and the “freeze” on the initiative of the European Union official formats of sectoral dialogues and cooperation on a number of fronts continues.” “Has already started and the first positive developments, delineated the prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation, – said in comments. As examples of regular bilateral talks on counter-terrorism and organized crime and cooperation in the framework of regional cooperation, including implementation of the CBC programme for the period 2014-2020”
“We expect a substantive discussion of ways to restore cooperation with the EU, stressed in the Ministry. – Ready to build mutually beneficial relations with the European Union and its member countries on the basis of equality, respect for national interests and objective interdependence of economies due to territorial proximity and complementarity”.
The Ukrainian crisis in the centre of the controversy
In a number of international issues during the talks will discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Western Balkans, in Syria, Iraq, Libya, implementation of the Joint comprehensive plan of action (AGREEMENT) to resolve the situation around the Iranian nuclear program, middle East settlement.
“The Ukrainian crisis remains at the heart of our disagreements with the European Union, – stated in the foreign Ministry. – I hope that the EU will cease to ignore the persistent evasion of Kiev from performing their part of obligations for implementation of the Minsk agreements, primarily in the sphere of political settlement, will pay attention to manifestations of aggressive nationalism, violations of freedom of speech and journalists ‘rights in Ukraine”.
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In Moscow, also “concerned about the unstable situation in the Western Balkans, the lack of progress in Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina conducted under the mediation of the EU.” “We consider unacceptable the attempts of interference in the internal Affairs of sovereign States, redrawing the results of the vote of their citizens”, – stressed in this regard in dipvedomstva.
In the context of the Syrian settlement in Russia noted “the EU’s potential as a major humanitarian donor, that Brussels imposes on the additional moral responsibility, which should eliminate the linking of aid with political demands and preconditions”.
“A balanced emphasis is necessary with regard to the humanitarian situation in Iraq and Yemen – said in comments. – Stress the importance of giving an inclusive political process in Libya. Note the proximity of approaches of Russia and the EU to the issues of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement. Ready to continue “verification of hours” implementation AGREEMENT”.
A common economic and humanitarian space
“An effective tool for bringing relations between Russia and the EU from the current state could be moving forward towards a common economic and humanitarian space from the Atlantic to the Pacific, – consider in the Russian foreign Ministry. – Russia continues to view this project as the most promising in terms of achieving long-term sustainable development of the entire Eurasian continent, which may become an effective tool for bringing relations between Russia and the EU from the present crisis state”.
“The economic basis of this long-term project can be primarily the development of cooperation between the Eurasian economic Union and the European Union”, – stressed in dipvedomstva, noting that the dialogue along this line would help in the development of a broad zone of stability and peace in Eurasia.