Lavrov called for renewed dialogue between Moscow and Brussels

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotobounce of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov during a meeting with the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Italy, Enzo Moavero Milanesi. October 8, 2018Lavrov called for renewed dialogue between Moscow and Brussels© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The dialogue between Moscow and Brussels is in need of reorganization and revitalization, said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

«From the international themes we touched on the state of relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union. Moscow was interested in the strong EU which would act as a predictable, pragmatic partner, and would conduct foreign policy based on the interests of Europe interests of the countries that belong to EU. We believe, and our Italian colleagues, as I understand it, this opinion is shared that the dialogue between Moscow and Brussels is in need of reorganization and revitalization,» said Lavrov at a press conference with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy, Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine, where in 2014 there was a coup, and around the Crimea, which reunited with Russia after the referendum held there. Western countries have accused Russia of meddling in the Affairs of Ukraine and have imposed sanctions. Moscow retaliated, repeatedly denied the charges and claimed to talk to her in the language of sanctions is counterproductive. While Russia has repeatedly said that it is not a party to domestic conflict or subject of the Minsk agreements on the settlement in Donbass and the Crimea, whose residents in full accordance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia, closed permanently.

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