People bringing flowers to Russian Foreign Ministry in memory of late Ambassador ChurkinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 23:55
US envoy to UN pays tribute to Churkin’s ‘great skill’ in advocating Russia's positionWorld February 20, 23:29
Energy minister says Russia outpaces its February schedule of oil production cutBusiness & Economy February 20, 23:02
Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin’s death is big loss for Russia, premier saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 22:52
Colleagues mourn Russia's ambassador to UN as 'diplomatic giant and wonderful character'World February 20, 21:58
Putin offers condolences over UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 21:21
Russia’s Foreign Ministry lost outstanding diplomat — spokeswoman on UN envoy’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 20:54
Russia's ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin diesRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 20:24
Antimonopoly service orders Apple to open official service center in Russia by May 1Business & Economy February 20, 20:18
MOSCOW, May 6. /TASS/. Russia and Germany are committed to the necessity to settle the Ukrainian crisis on the basis of the Minsk agreements achieved on February 12, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Handelsblatt, a leading German business daily.
Both Moscow and Berlin agree that the escalation of tensions would have negative consequences to Ukraine and the system of the European security as a whole, Lavrov said.
"Therefore, our countries are interested in the soonest comprehensive crisis resolution on the basis of mandatory fulfillment of all provisions of the agreements achieved in Minsk on February 12 and are closely cooperating within the framework of the so-called Normandy format," he said.
"I'd like to believe that neither Berlin, nor Moscow are interested in a new deep split of Europe," the minister added.
Lavrov said contradictions in European politics affect the ability of major powers to find solutions to both global problems, such as weapons proliferation, extremism and terrorism, and regional conflicts, mainly in the Middle East and North Africa.
"The lack of strategic global vision under the current conditions could lead to the loss of the ability of make adequate decisions," Lavrov said.