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Russia wants to better understand EU’s attitude toward “common neighbors”

February 25, 2014, 12:36 UTC+3
Russia's FM Sergei Lavrov met with Luxembourgian counterpart to discuss the most pressing issues
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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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MOSCOW, February 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia wants to gain a better understanding of EU’s attitude toward “our common neighbors”, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting with his Luxembourgian counterpart Jean Asselborn.

Lavrov added that discussion on relations between Russia, NATO and EU are on the agenda at the meeting. “This is very useful because we want to get a better understanding of what is going on in the EU, including the Union’s attitude toward our common neighbors,” Lavrov said. The foreign minister also noted the dynamic development of bilateral relations between Russia and Luxembourg. “We will discuss what steps need to be taken in order to employ the maximum potential of cooperation between Russia and Luxembourg in all sphere,” Lavrov concluded.

The EU is interested in developing cooperation with Russia to help stabilize the situation in Ukraine, said Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn at the meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Asselborn noted that “historical ties between Russia and Ukraine are very close and deep.” “The EU is interested in developing cooperation with Russia to help stabilize the situation in Ukraine,” Asselborn said. “We also want this issue to be settled as soon as possible,” he concluded.

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