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Russian ambassador says EU shifts responsibility concerning Ukrainian crisis

February 10, 16:46 UTC+3 BRUSSELS

A Russian diplomat says some representatives of the EU member states prefer to voice their personal points of view that do not correspond with the actual situation

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BRUSSELS, February 10. /TASS/. The European Union has in fact shifted the responsibility related to settling the Ukrainian crisis onto France and Germany, members of the Normandy Quartet, Russia's Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said in an interview with TASS.

"I get an impression that as far as settling the Ukrainian crisis and implementing the Minsk agreements go, the European Union has shifted responsibility onto France and Germany since they are members of the Normandy Quartet," he said. "It got to the point that at various EU meetings, it is representatives of Germany and France that brief others on the situation. I suppose, this is a very comfortable position for the other EU countries," Chizhov added.

"As for the growing tensions in Donbass, we have been closely following everything that EU officials say. The official stance on the situation on the line of contact, expressed by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, remains rather balanced while statements expressing EU’s position do not mention Russia at all," the ambassador said.

"However, some representatives of EU member states prefer to voice their personal points of view that do not correspond with the actual situation, but it is their problem," Chizhov noted.

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