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Russian politician: like-mindedness in united Europe becoming thing of the past

June 13, 2014, 9:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, June 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Like-mindedness in united Europe is becoming a thing of the past and alternative viewpoints appear, a high-ranking Russian politician told RT television.

“We should wait for staff decisions after European Union elections,” Konstantin Kosachyov, who heads the Russian Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) and the Russian Parliamentary European Club, said.

“Much will depend on them. But definitely we should use the tendency that these elections displayed not regarding support for some radical forces in the European Parliament, right or left, but regarding the understanding that like-mindedness in united Europe, including the European Parliament, is becoming a thing of the past,” he said.

According to Kosachyov, “alternative viewpoints that start competing with each other emerge there, regarding the future of the EU, including its possible expansion, and regarding relations with Russia.”

“I think that Russia is getting a new chance to keep convincing our European partners that the EU is for from the only integration project for Europe,” he said. “Interaction between the EU on the one hand and the [Russia-led] Eurasian Economic Union, which will start its activity from January 2015, on the other, is possible and just essential.”

The head of Rossotrudnichestvo did not rule out that “the endpoint of this cooperation will probably be the merger of these integration projects”.

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