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Russia: Mogherini dismisses idea of 'frozen cooperation' between EU-Russia

2 24.04.2017 Инфо

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that Russia - EU cooperation was "not frozen," while expressing readiness of the European Union to build relations with Russia on "pragmatic assessment of respective interests." The announcement was made during a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.
Speaking on Western sanctions against Russia, Mogherini said: "It would be quite surreal to be and to consider each other strategic partners and have respective sanctions. This is not the state of play that partners normally have."
However, Lavrov called EU policy towards Russia aimed at "freezing our bilateral relations" and at the same time at "cooperating with us on the international issues" "selective and ambiguous."
Mogherini also reacted on the results of the first round of the French presidential elections, saying "one can feel proud Italian in my case and a proud European, a proud French and a proud European, as Emmanuel feels - without denying the need to change and reform also our living together in the union but putting all the energy we have in that."