The cooling in relations with the EU from Russia was not, said Lavrov

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in fotobanka Russia and the EU. Archival photoThe cooling in relations with the EU from Russia was not, said Lavrov© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

Russia was not cooling in relations with the EU, Moscow is convinced that Russia and the EU should work together as equals and openly, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview to Belarusian media.

«I note, incidentally, that our side wasn’t any cooling to the European Union. We remain convinced that Russia and the European Union, as well as Belarus and the European Union and other our neighbors, with the European Union should operate in a transparent, equitable and honest. And we never put to our partners in the former Soviet Union question: «you have to choose who you want to be with Russia or with the West,» — said Lavrov.

He noted that this question was put before the post-Soviet countries of the Western colleagues repeatedly put.

«What is the first «Maidan» in Ukraine of 2004, when the foreign Ministers of EU countries publicly demanded from Kiev to make a choice who you want to be with Russia or with Europe. I think it’s ugly, subversive politics, which is still halloo to one another and to the Ukrainian people, and many others, not only there it was applied and carried out. We, again, always, and you can see our foreign policy concept, which States that we are equal, an advanced strategic partnership with the European Union. This principle remains in our doctrinal settings,» — said Lavrov.

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