After the previous “severance of diplomatic relations with the European Union” attracted widespread attention, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov recently continued to speak to the EU about Russian-EU relations.
According to a report by Russia’s Tas News Agency on February 16, Lavrov said after meeting with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto that Russia is ready to discuss all existing issues with the European Union.
On the premise that it is in Russia’s interests, Russia and Europe There can be cooperation between them in the fields of climate change and environmental issues. However, Lavrov also stressed that the EU is destroying the overall framework of Russian-EU relations.
For some time, Russia-EU relations have been declining. After the European Union criticized Russia for sentencing opposition leader Navalny, Russia has deported diplomats from Germany, Poland, Sweden and other countries this month.
These actions have not been notified in advance of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Borelli, who visited Russia from the 4th to 6th of this month. This is also As a result, Russia-EU relations fell into an awkward situation again.
The European Union plans to hold a meeting of foreign ministers of member states at the end of this month, when it is expected that a new sanctions plan involving Russia may be adopted.
Lavrov had previously made it clear that if the EU imposes new economic sanctions on Russia, Russia is ready to completely sever diplomatic relations with the EU.
According to Tass News Agency on the 16th, Lavrov, while expressing his intention to “explore” Europe, stressed that the EU has been damaging Russian-European relations, including gradually destroying the various cooperation and dialogue mechanisms established between Russia and Europe, including the holding of the Russian-European summit twice a year, between the Russian government and the European Commission. Annual meeting and so on.
Lavrov said he hoped to conduct a comprehensive review of cooperation between the two sides in his talks with the European Union, but now the contacts between the two sides are only “soddically”.