The Foreign Minister of Germany said that the friendship between the EU and Russia would have been desirable, but it was impossible until Moscow “helps Ukraine to overcome the conflict.” It is reported by Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Welt am Sonntag.
“It is in Russia’s interest to conclude this conflict,” said Steinmeier.
According to him, Russia’s negotiating position on Iran is suffering due to the conflict in Ukraine too. “It is clear that Germany must not allow the isolation of Russia. Russia remains the main neighbor of the EU. And our main neighbour, together with us, it defines the future of Europe,” said Steinmeier.
At the same time, he expressed hope that the EU would be able to reach agreement with Russia on the issue of restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. “But neither Russia nor the EU can dictate to third countries how they should develop. The model of loyalty by political or military pressure has not worked since 1989-90. Russia still does not share this point of view,” Steinmeier said.
It should be recalled that the European Parliament resolution on the state of EU-Russian relations of June 10 states that the EU and Russia relationship is almost over. The European Parliament decided to remove Russia from the list of its strategic partners. This decision was supported by the overwhelming majority of MEPs in Strasbourg.
The resumption of Russia-EU cooperation is possible only in the event of implementation of the Minsk accords and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.