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Rule of law principle must be applied to any situation

October 15, 2013, 19:15 UTC+3

Lavrov: It’s natural that RF-EU ties have never been smooth.

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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Mikhail Metzel

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Mikhail Metzel

BRUSSELS, October 15 (Itar-Tass) - The principle of the rule of law must be applied to any situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders.

“The current talks demonstrated that Russia and Belgium share common approaches to international and regional problems and are interested in resolving these problems on the basis of the international law,” he said. “The principle of the rule of law should be applied equally to any situation related to promotion of any economic interests or when a group of countries or persons protect purity of environment or when we start settling regional conflicts.”

Lavrov highlighted Russia’s intention to promote dialogue on human rights with EU member-states. “We want to promote our dialogue with the European Union on protection of human rights on the basis of universal norms and standards approved by the United Nations and on the basis of the Christian values that coincide with values of other world religions. And we would like to avoid erosion of these values,” he said.

Struggled relations

BRUSSELS, October 15 (Itar-Tass) - Relations between Russia and the European Union have never been easy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders in reply to the query about mutual trade claims.

“The European Union is our biggest partner in trade and humanitarian spheres, in the sphere of security and advancement of common regulations and values,” the foreign minister said. “The broader our cooperation is, the more issues we have to settle. Difficulties emerge between any country and its partners in the trade-economic sphere,” he added.

“The EU has disputes with the United States. We are now introducing practices of the World Trade Organization, with the help of which we are settling problems of EU anti-dumping measures against our products. The European Union also uses these regulations to protect its interests,” he stressed.

But the main thing in all the disputes “is to be guided by international law, be it WTO regulations, or Russia’s agreements with the EU or its separate member countries, in particular in investment protection,” he added.

Visa regime

BRUSSELS, October 15 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday liberalisation of visa rules would be high on the agenda of the forthcoming summit of Russia and the European Union.

Russian experts said technicalities concerning agreements to simplify visa rules between Russia and the EU and to promote visa-free rules had been fulfilled.

“Now it is up for a political solution,” the diplomat said, adding “we will proceed from the assumption that this issue will be high on the agenda of the forthcoming summit.”


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