The EU Ambassador noted the historically low level of the EU relations with Russia

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Sergeevicha in fotobanka Russia and the EU. Archive photoThe EU Ambassador noted the historically low level of the EU relations with Russia© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Sergeevicha the image Bank

Relations between Russia and the European Union are now at their lowest level since the end of the cold war, but we — and the neighbors can’t ignore the common threats and respond to them need to work together, said Wednesday the EU Ambassador in Russia Mr. Markus Ederer.

«By nature I’m not a pessimist. But my mood is largely influenced by the 2.5 years of participation in negotiations on settlement of the situation in the Donbass in the framework of the «Normandy format». The implementation of the Minsk agreements remains a key condition to the improvement of relations between the EU and Russia. And so I had a good understanding of where we are. With this in mind, what I saw here, I was not surprised. The relationship between the EU and Russia, I believe, are at their lowest level since the end of the «cold war,» said Ederer in an interview to the newspaper «Kommersant».

He noted that there are now «some signs of stabilization,» but apparently, «mutual lack of trust, as well as highly divergent vision of how we have reached this stage».

«At the same time both sides seek to maintain channels of communication. Both sides are doing what they can. We — the neighbors. And we can’t ignore the fact that we have common issues and threats that are important to do,» the diplomat said.

As an example, he cited the intensive exchange of bilateral contacts over the last two weeks, Deputy foreign Minister visited Brussels: Grigory Karasin and Oleg Syromolotov. But in Moscow has been Managing Director for the Middle East of the European external action service, the EU special representative on Afghanistan and the EU Ambassador on Affairs of Arctic regions.

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