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EU-Russia relations should be discussed at all levels — ambassador

July 01, 2016, 13:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Slovakia’s ambassador says the country perceives Russia as a reliable partner, urges restoring Russia-EU ties

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MOSCOW, July 1. /TASS/. It is necessary to continue discussing relations between the European Union and Russia at all levels, Slovakia’s Ambassador to Russia Peter Priputen has told TASS.

"We need to continue to discuss relations between the EU and Russia at all levels, both in the official and working format," the diplomat said. "Slovakia’s EU presidency will promote the political dialogue and dynamic approach towards our common interests and cooperation in specific areas."

Priputen noted that both sides should be interested in restoring relations. "We intend to make our own contribution to the development of cooperation between the EU and Russia," the ambassador said.

Concerning bilateral cooperation, he said that, despite the current difficult foreign policy situation, Slovakia "perceives Russia as a reliable partner." We are interested in developing cooperation in all areas where our interests coincide," Priputen said. "We hope that Moscow and Bratislava will continue active partnership economic dialogue for the benefit of our two countries."

Slovakia will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time during the next six months.

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