EU should not seek rapprochement with Russia, - Steinmeier

Both sides currently experience deep disappointment, German Foreign Minister says
08:46, 17 June 2019


EU member countries should not seek closer ties with Russia now. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walther Steinmeier said so 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.

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

Related: EU Ambassadors agree to prolong "Crimean" sanctions against Russia for one year

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