Experts from Russia and the European Union gave recommendations for improving the relationship of the parties

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Sergeevicha in fotobanka Russia and the EU. Archival photoExperts from Russia and the European Union gave recommendations for improving the relationship of the parties© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Sergeevicha the image Bank

Experts from Russia and the European Union, speaking in MIA «Russia today», told about the recommendations intended to improve relations between Moscow and Brussels, a complication which has been observed since the crisis in Ukraine in 2014.

Programme Director, Russian Council for international Affairs Ivan Timofeev, head of division Eastern Europe and Eurasia of Fund of science and politics in Berlin Sabine Fischer told the interim joint report of the expert network of the EU-RF (EUREN).

The authors of the report in the face of Timofeeva and Fischer noted that the EU and Russia need to get out of their comfort zones, to change the negative dynamics of the relationship. Fischer said that the report was the result of joint work of Russian and European experts, points of view on the state of relations between the EU and Russia do not always coincide.

Because most acute in relations between Russia and the EU is the question of which started in 2014 the crisis in Ukraine, experts suggest the parties to support measures to strengthen trust in the East of Ukraine, focusing on supporting the ceasefire, which will provide other steps, including the deployment of peacekeepers under UN mandate and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. At the same time, experts note that the issue of Crimea will remain a bone of contention.

«The first unit is connected with the most difficult question – the question of interaction in space, which are called post-Soviet. Of course, the most acute is the problem of Ukraine and Donbass. Our first recommendation is, of course, with the promotion of the Minsk process with all understanding that this promotion is extremely difficult, but alternatives to Minsk at the moment, no,» said Timofeev during the round table devoted to prospects of cooperation of Russia and EU in terms of sanctions.

According to him, «most importantly, in the interests of the EU and Russia is to prevent the escalation of hostilities».

«The ceasefire is the first step to rebuilding trust not only between the conflicting parties, but also among involved international parties,» said Fisher, noting that «small steps» you can do better in those conditions, when the point of view of the parties on the Minsk provisions are somehow different.

In addition, the experts propose to initiate negotiations at the highest level between the EU and the EAEC, cooperation between which can be one of the ways to overcome differences and to initiate new ideas for engagement parties.

«A model of concurrent partnerships possible, we believe that this experience must be thoroughly studied and a similar movement at the political level to support because it significantly reduces uncertainty and strengthens security of all parties,» — said Timofeev.

In this regard, the experts also highlight the dialogue on the initiative of China «One belt and one road» and other projects. According to experts, the Chinese project is important because it makes a «substantial constructive» that will benefit all: «the EU as the largest trading partner of China, China itself, Russia as a large economy and post-Soviet countries».

A separate group of proposals is cooperation on international issues. Experts point to the need for joint action of Russia and the EU on the nuclear deal with Iran and resolve the crisis in relations between Washington and Tehran. The situation in Syria and other more politicized areas of international cooperation, as environmental problems and climate change are Also on the block recommendations.

Directly in bilateral relations, experts see a need to explore possibilities of economic cooperation between the EU and Russia in areas that do not fall under the sanctions that can meet the interests of both Moscow and Brussels. In the same block of sentences, active civic engagement and initiating dialogue among experts on controversial issues.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine and around the Crimea. The West is accusing Russia of meddling has imposed sanctions against it. Moscow, August 6, 2014 retaliated, took the policy of import substitution and has repeatedly said that talking with her in language of sanctions counterproductive.

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