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Romanian top diplomat says Bucharest to maintain dialogue with Moscow

February 20, 12:34 UTC+3 BUCHAREST

Bucharest will maintain dialogue with Moscow in accordance with NATO and EU’s approach to Russia, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu says

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BUCHAREST, February 20. /TASS/. Bucharest will maintain practical dialogue with Moscow in accordance with NATO and EU’s approach to Russia, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said in an interview with Radio Romania.

"Romania will maintain practical and meaningful dialogue with Russia refraining from crossing the borders set up by Romania’s NATO and EU membership," he said adding that "the European Union’s sanctions, involving Romania, do not hamper cultural ties but on the contrary, we should use them the best way we can."

"That’s what the positive development (of Romanian-Russian relations) requires," Melescanu went on to say. "This was one of the goals I set after becoming foreign minister." In the same interview, the Romanian top diplomat said that he planned to adopt "a more practical approach towards relations between Romania and Russia."

When speaking on the outcome of the Munich Security Conference, Melescanu said that not enough attention was paid to relations with Russia. "Surprisingly, all the statements concerning relations with Russia were very dry and did not go into details. This did not prove to be an important topic."

"Meanwhile, it is very strange that participants in the Munich Security Conference focused on transatlantic relations and the future of the US security policy instead of addressing really important issues such as the situation in Syria and relations with Russia," the Romanian foreign minister said.

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