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EU foreign ministers agree on five principles in relations with Russia — source

March 14, 19:51 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
According to the source, the first principle states that the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is a prerequisite for any changes in relations with Russia
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BRUSSELS, March 14. /TASS/. The foreign ministers of 28 EU member-countries have reached an agreement at a meeting in Brussels on five principles in relations with Russia, a European source told reporters on Monday on the sidelines of the meeting.

"[EU] High representative [for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini] made public five principles the European Union should be guided by in its relations with Russia," the diplomat said.

According to the source, the first principle states that "the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is a prerequisite for any changes in relations with Russia." "Other principles are boosting the EU’s relations with eastern partners and strengthening the EU’s sustainability. Besides, the Council agreed that any cooperation with Russia should be based on the EU’s interests. And, finally, the fifth principle speaks of the need to support civil society in Russia and establish ties between people in the EU and Russia," the diplomat said.

According to him, Mogherini will announce them at the final news conference on Monday.

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