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Russia advises EU to keep migration risks in mind — Russian Foreign Ministry

August 27, 2015, 18:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"We should bear this in mind when resolutions calling for delivering air strikes, closing the airspace or changing regimes are going to lie down on the UN Security Council table," said a diplomat
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Migrants at the Foreigners Detention Center in Greece

Migrants at the Foreigners Detention Center in Greece

© AP Photo/ InTime News/Nikos Halkiopoulos, File

MOSCOW, August 27 /TASS/. Moscow advises the European Union, which is facing a huge illegal migration crisis, to remember what consequences the incitement of conflicts in other countries may have for Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"We are really ready to develop full-format cooperation with the countries concerned, especially when the European Union is in question, in overcoming the consequences and resolving the illegal migration problem in Europe," she said.

"The European Union is facing a grave migration crisis with 340,000 illegal migrants penetrating into its territory this year," Zakharova stressed.

"We can see that our EU partners cannot adequately react to the worsening migration situation. Evidently, there are serious faults in the EU migration policy," the Russian diplomat went on to say.

Russia is ready to cooperate constructively with its EU partners with an aim to effectively resolve migration-related issues, including in the context of the EU initiative to draft a UN Security Council resolution on a comprehensive approach to dealing with the influx of illegal migrants from Africa into the European continent," the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

Zakharova said that Russia had warned about the dangers of new conflicts when crises were flaring up in the Middle East. "We should bear this in mind when resolutions calling for delivering air strikes, closing the airspace or changing regimes are going to lie down on the UN Security Council table," Zakharova said.

"We should take a responsible approach to these things and understand what origin these crises have in Europe. We understand how Europe is suffering but we should also remember the suffering of people who are coming to Europe," the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson concluded.

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