"We want to prepare for a time when it is possible to talk about strategic relations with Russia more substantially once again. I think that we should prepare for this. That is why we will address this issue during our presidency of the EU Council," Maas said.
At the same time, he stressed that "a solution in Ukraine is required in order to change and restore the EU's strategic relations with Russia."
As we reported earlier, EU member states have received a proposal from the German government to impose new sanctions against Russia in connection with a hacker attack on the German Bundestag that was carried out five years ago.
If the EU countries approve Germany's initiative, the European cyber sanctions regime will be introduced for the first time. Legislation providing for such a possibility was adopted in the EU back in 2017.