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Russia open for cooperation with Germany in war on terror, Lavrov says

June 28, 19:22 UTC+3

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow will continue to build relations with Berlin based on the principles of equality and respect for each other’s interests

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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KRASNODAR, June 28. /TASS/. Moscow is ready to cooperate with Germany in the fight against international terrorism and other threats, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of the 14th Conference of Russian and German Partner Cities.

"We have been building and will continue to build relations with Germany based on the principles of equality and respect for each other’s interests," Lavrov pointed out. "History and the recent experience show that when these principles are rejected, it inflicts much damage on our countries and the progressive development of the European continent," the Russian top diplomat said.

"We are ready to closely coordinate our efforts in order to strengthen the European security that are our countries are responsible for," Lavrov said. "We are open for cooperation in combating global challenges and threats," he said. "First and foremost, in the fight against international terrorism and extremism," the Russian top diplomat added.

Constructive dialogue

Moscow and Berlin continue constructive dialogue, particularly at the highest level, despite persistent disagreements on some global issues, Lavrov said.

"We are glad that despite persistent disagreements on a number of serious global issues, Russian-German dialogue has remained constructive. The two countries have been maintaining regular political contacts, particularly at the highest level, and restoring bilateral formats that were frozen earlier, incidentally, not on the Russian initiative," Lavrov said.

He pointed out that it was the third time that the German foreign minister was visiting Russia in a year. "In my opinion, this fact proves that our dialogue is rich and intensive," the Russian top diplomat said.

"I am sincerely grateful to Sigmar Gabriel for his constructive approach that helps solve the tasks that our ministries have been facing," Lavrov added.

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