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EU prepared measures for Black Sea regional cooperation

EU has prepared a set of measures for the Black Sea regional cooperation
15:27, 17 June 2019
Conflict in Sea of Azov
TASS
On Monday, June 17, the EU Council adopted conclusions on the involvement of the EU in the Black Sea regional cooperation. The corresponding document is published on the website of the European Council.

"The EU Council again focused on the fact that respect for international law, including the principles of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, the UN Maritime Convention, including freedom of navigation, as well as EU political decisions on non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea, are fundamental to the EU’s approach to regional cooperation in the Black Sea region," the document says.

The Council of Europe reaffirmed its commitment to promoting prosperity and stability in the Black Sea region. In particular, the EU stresses the importance of using new opportunities for economic development, sustainability, and communication in the region and beyond.
And EU member countries should not seek closer ties with Russia now. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walther Steinmeier said it during the foreign policy and security conference in Finland on June 16, as Deutsche Welle reported.

"The hopes for comprehensive partnership with Russia, the one with the increasing degree of integration have not been justified," the politician marked.

Both sides currently experience "deep disappointment," as he put it.

The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 complicate the EU-Russia relations, and it is impossible to interact with future Russia in the "usual mode," Steinmeier said.

In 2017, Steinmeier confirmed that there were tensions in the Russian-German relations; the reason, according to him, was the Russian aggression in Donbas and the occupation of the Crimean peninsula. 

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