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“Given all the nuances, we have a common position that the Geneva communiqué and the OSCE roadmap are the common denominator. They open a way to the settlement. A priority step is stopping violence and launching a nationwide dialogue and a constitutional reform,” he said.
The Russian foreign minister added that Russia and Finland should value their relations: “After all, our relations should not depend on someone’s whims. They concern mutually beneficial partnership and implementation of joint projects. We should value these relations instead of sacrificing them to politicized approaches.”
Union relations with Ukraine should be built with due account of integration processes both in the east and in the west of the European continent, Sergei Lavrov said.
“Union with Ukraine should be built with due account of integration processes both in the east and the west of the European continent and on the basis of mutually acceptable approaches,” he said. “It would be a path for creating a common humanitarian and economic space in the Euro-Atlantic region.”
Kiev should realise its responsibility within the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States of the former Soviet republics) framework in the wake of its would-be economic association with the European Union, Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
“If Ukraine makes a choice in favour of an economic association with another union of states, then it should realise its responsibility within the framework of current agreements with the CIS,” he said.
European Union’s demands to Russia are dishonest rather than just unconstructive, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said upon his talks with his Finnish counterpart Erkki Sakari Tuomioja.
“If we speak about the EU policies towards Russia, I do not think a serious politician can be found who would call it constructive,” Lavrov said adding that “this appeared long before the Ukrainian crisis.”
“Over the past years, our partners in Brussels have been refusing to accomplish a new basic agreement demanding additional one-sided concessions from us ,” he said. “We came to a certain decision and when it was agreed upon they started demanding more and more and more.
No serious politician can be found now who would call the European Union’s policy towards Russia constructive, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Lavrov is confident this situation was observed “long before the events dubbed as a Ukrainian crisis.”
“Over many years our partners in Brussels have been refusing to accomplish the work on a new basic agreement, demanding from us to assume additional one-sided concessions in comparison with the package that was agreed upon during our joining the World Trade Organisation,” Lavrov said.
“Essentially, it is dishonest rather than unconstructive,” he said. “In the 18 past years, we negotiated a definite issue and when it was agreed upon, they started demanding more and more and more."