Austria | Lavrov: Current relations between Russia, EU deplorable

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the current state of relations between Moscow and Brussels as “deplorable”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the left, Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg to the right

“We paid special attention to the situation on the European continent, including the deplorable state of relations between Russia and the European Union. Contacts with Brussels have been minimized due to the EU policy, which aimed at containing Russia”, Lavrov said at a press conference with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg in Vienna on Wednesday.

Despite that, Moscow is ready “to develop a pragmatic dialogue with the European Union and its members, exclusively in an equal, mutually respectful manner,” he added.

The two top diplomats also discussed the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan.

For his part, Schallenberg said as the evacuation is ongoing “we should support people in transit countries. Next week we will have negotiations with neighboring countries, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. European states can give them great help and support.”

 

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