This week in photos: Trump with Pope, St Nicholas relics in Moscow and Zuckerberg's degreeSociety & Culture May 26, 17:45
Bolshoi Theater vows to put on at least 10 new shows next seasonSociety & Culture May 26, 17:34
First out of four IS members detained in Moscow arrested for 2 monthsSociety & Culture May 26, 17:17
Putin says attackers, masterminds of terror attack in Egypt must not go unpunishedRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 26, 17:13
Russian oil and gas companies may use Ka-62 helicopter for Arctic projectsBusiness & Economy May 26, 17:05
Russia may increase spending on military bases abroadMilitary & Defense May 26, 16:45
Lavrov praises Eurasian integration projectsBusiness & Economy May 26, 16:40
Estonian Foreign Ministry confirms plans to expel two Russian diplomatsWorld May 26, 16:30
Russia stands for diplomatic settlement of North Korean issue — presidential aideRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 26, 16:25
BRUSSELS, November 29. /TASS/. Russia is ready to normalize relations with the EU as profoundly as the EU itself is ready for this, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told reporters on Tuesday upon the completion of Russia-EU consultations at the level of political directors.
Representing the EU was the Deputy Secretary General of External Action Service for political issues, Jean-Christoffe Belliard. Meshkov stressed a professional and fruitful character of the consultations.
"It has become quite traditional for our two sides over the part two to one-and-a-half years to embed a certain share of negativism in the discussions of the problems of Russian-EU collaboration," he said. "But today I’m satisfied with our talks."
"The discussion was really useful, as we put aside the traditional clich·s with an exchange of barbs and spent almost four hours discussing all the issues of common interest - Syria, Moldova and Ukraine," Meshkov said.
"Both sides are set for positive results now and they have the understanding we can’t and shouldn’t continue sliding into the abyss of a standoff," he said. "This became the keynote of the whole meeting."
"We’re not in a habit of saying the words of praise to each other, but I did like the dialogue I had here with my opposite number today," Meshkov went on. "No one expected we’d reach agreement on everything within several hours."
"Russia is prepared for normalization of relations with the EU (…) but still we’re not asking anyone about anything," he said. "We declare our principled positions that we find to be correct."
"We think Russia is making a considerable contribution to Europe’s energy security and Europe does need our natural gas if it wants to continue developing," Meshkov said. "We’re prepared to supply it rather than spouting out the political escapades that tarnish business.