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European Parliament deprives Russia of strategic partner status

Russia cannot be considered as a strategic partner in the current conditions as the principles of the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation are not observed anymore
18:37, 12 March 2019

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The European Parliament has approved the resolution on the state of EU-Russia political relations, which states that the 1994 Agreement on Partnership in Cooperation should be reconsidered as parliamentarian website reported.

The resolution notes that illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea, its direct and indirect participation in the armed conflicts in the eastern part of Ukraine and its constant violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia and Moldova represent its intentional violation of the international law.

The European Parliament emphasized that the EU cannot return to business as usual until Russia does not fulfill Minsk Agreements and restores the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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The document states that Russia cannot be considered as a strategic partner in the current conditions as the principles of the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation are not observed anymore so it should be reconsidered.

The European Parliament thinks that the full respect of the international law, democratic principles, human rights and supremacy of law should become the basis for the relations between the EU and Russia.

The EU is also concerned by “the Russian militarization of the Azov Sea, Black Sea region and Kaliningrad Oblast as well as numerous violations of the waters of the European countries in the Baltic Sea.”

Related: European involvement with Nord Stream 2 is a deal with the devil

Concerning the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the MEPs think that it contradicts the strategic interests of the EU and its construction should be stopped.

Earlier Sandra Kalniete, Member of the European Parliament from Latvia, was concerned due to the fact that Elizaveta Peskova, the daughter of Dmitry Peskov, who is the press secretary of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, is working in the European Parliament.

Besides, EU will impose sanctions on for armed aggression against the Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait; eight Russians will be included in the existing list of individual sanctions imposed by the organization in March 2014 for actions which damage or threaten Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence.

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