The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, today in the margins of OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.
Against the backdrop of recent confrontation in the Azov Sea Mogherini conveyed her concerns in the discussion with Lavrov in line with the declaration issued on behalf of the EU.
The diplomats also exchanged views on the importance of Russia’s continued participation in the Council of Europe.
They discussed the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INT), and Mogherini stressed that the Treaty is key to European and global security and that it is in the interests of all that the Treaty is preserved and fully implemented.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Heiko Maas agreed to attempt the re-launch of the efforts to solve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-speaking population backed by Moscow, have been fighting Ukraine troops since 2014, triggering Western sanctions.
Maas suggested reviving the peace talks between Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia which led to the 2015 Minsk II agreement, unimplemented so far.
“We are ready to consider this offer,” Lavrov said.
Maas repeatedly called for “honest dialogue” with Kremlin, “particularly during difficult times.” He said that Moscow and Berlin had their differences but called for Russia to be included in global diplomacy. He admitted that the conflict in Syria “cannot be solved without Russia.”
Ahead of his visit, Maas said had that Germany was ready for that dialogue, but also expected “constructive efforts” from Russia, for example with regard to the conflicts in Syria or Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will not allow armed confrontation between Russia and the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said while interviewed by RIA Novosti news agency.
“Speaking about risks of a military confrontation, I am 100% sure that militaries won’t allow this, and of course neither will President Putin or President Trump,” Lavrov said.
“After all they are leaders, elected by their people and are responsible for their peace,” the Russian foreign minister added.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to maintaining the sustainability of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, widely knows as ‘Iranian nuclear agreement’.
The meeting of the Six (Russia, the UK, China, the US, France and Germany) and Iran was held on Wednesday, September, 20, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“Lavrov confirmed that Russia will continue to support the sustainability of the JCPOA,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook statement.
It is noted that at the meeting the latest report by Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was considered. This document confirmed that Iran fully meets its obligations under the agreement.
The European Union’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Monday 24.04.2017 that the block wanted better ties with Russia but there are areas of disagreement as position towards Crimea “annexation” in 2014, and ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine, subsequently the EU sanctions would stay in place. However the dialog and co-operation in some areas is also possible, like counter-terrorism.
Federica Mogherini, on her first official visit to Moscow in her current role as the EU’s foreign policy chief, said there was no point in pretending that there were not still real problems in relations between Russia and the EU. The same time the EU has been always standing for dialog, and negotiations as a tool for conflict-resolution.
“Our thoughts go out to the people of Russia, and in particular to those who have lost loved ones in today’s explosion in the Saint Petersburg metro. We wish a swift recovery to those who have been injured,” – says the statement of the European External Action Service.
“The European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms all acts of violence.”
“The High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini has sent condolences on behalf of the European Union to Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.”
Eleven people were killed in a blast on the St. Petersburg metro on Monday, 3.04.2017, the Russian health ministry said, in what authorities defined as a ‘terrorist attack’. Reportedly 38 injured are in intenstive care with severe burns, there are also childern among the wounded.
The CCTV images of an allerged terrorist started to circulate in Russian mass-media shortly after the news broke out. (Tweet: ‘Teract in Petersburg metro’)
“Unprecedented terrorist aggression has been seen in Europe, the United States, and the countries that are our allies under the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in Asia – all this presents a serious threat to international security”, said Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov addressing MunichSecurity conference. (The full text of the speech here: http://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/2086892)
Russian minister expressed concern over the overall degradation of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa after ‘Arab Spring’, and migrant crisis in Europe, pointing at the threat of terrorism to expand in Middle East, North Africa.
Lavrov claimed a “certain success” in the fight against ISIS, al-Nusra Front, and the other terroristic groups, however he underlined that the international community has failed so far to create a “truly efficient anti-terrorist front”, blaming “inability” to put aside nonentity matters, and curb geopolitical ambitions.
Lavrov called for a “true union” of the leading nations against international terrorism, and also to prevent the collapse of Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan, infiltrated by ISIS, using the lack of unified strategy to their advantage.
The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini to meet Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in coming weeks, according to communication of the European External Action Service (EEAS).
In view of the upcoming Foreign Affairs council on Monday, 6/2/2017, Mogherini discussed with Minister Lavrov a range of international issues, starting with the situation in Libya, and the perspectives of the political agreement after the visit of the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj last week in Brussels, and the renewed committment of the EU to support UN-backed government in Tripoli. In spite of the financial and training assistance the EU pledged to Tripolitanians, the capacity of implementation of these plans remains unclear in fragmented and ravaged by multiple groups of Islamic terrorists country. Five years after Colonel Gaddafi’s assassination (20/10/2011) Libya stays a failed state with competing centers of power: in the East field marshal Khalifa Haftar in oil-rich Cyrenaica, throwing his support to the Parliament in Tobruk, in the West the Government of National Accord, hardly controlling Tripoli. Reportedly marshal Haftar has been intensely courted by Russians, in spite of his presumed closeness to US government during exile in Virginia.
Minister Lavrov exchanged opinions on Syria, informing on the experience of recent talks in Astana, while Mogherini informed the minister the European initiative with the regional players and on the upcoming Brussels conference on the future of Syria.
Mogherini and Lavrov spoke at length about the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, stressing the need to stop fighting immediately, and to focus on full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The exchange between Mogherini and Lavrov took place during a telephone conversation on 3 February 2017.
Trump has vowed to have better relations with Russia than his predecessor.
This month, he suggested he would lift sanctions imposed by the Obama administration if the Kremlin helps the US battle terrorists.
In his new year’s message, Putin congratulated Trump and expressed their two countries would be able to “take their interaction in the international arena to a whole new level.”
During the Obama administration the relations with Russia hit it’s lowest since Cold War times.
Photo: illustration Sergei Lavrov Russia’s foreign minister and John Kerry US secretary of state.
“I was deeply shocked to hear of the inconceivable attack against Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara this afternoon. Our fullest sympathies are with his family, all his colleagues, and the Russian authorities. The European Union condemns in the strongest possible manner this attack against your country’s representative in Turkey. We wish to express our solidarity with Russia in the face of this criminal act of violence” – says statement of HR Féderica Mogherini on assassination of Russian ambassador in Turkey Andrey Karlov. The message was sent to Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation after the news of the Ambassador’s assassination in Ankara, during the inauguration of the photo exhibition, while late Amb.Karlov was delivering a speech.