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Lavrov: Most EU politicians think confrontation with Russia because of Ukraine is mistake

December 28, 2015, 10:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"They all say: let everyone calm down a little bit, the Minsk Agreements should be implemented, and then we will return to routine cooperation, strategic partnership," the foreign minister said
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Sergey Lavrov

Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Official statements of EU politicians on relations with Russia in the framework of Ukrainian crisis more and more often diverge opinions they voice on the sidelines, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Zvezda TV channel broadcast on Monday.

"Sometimes there is a contradiction between what they say on the podium and what they tell you tete-a-tete, when no one else hears them," Lavrov noted. "Individually, the majority of European Union’s members tell me that it is a mistake to seek confrontation with Russia because of Ukraine which ended up being a victim of EU’s policy which tried to make it choose," he added.

"They all say: let everyone calm down a little bit, the Minsk Agreements should be implemented, and then we will return to routine cooperation, strategic partnership," the foreign minister said. "However, when they gather together and speak from the podium, they cannot repeat it," Lavrov noted.

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