Russia is ready to resume talks with the European Union, according to its foreign minister, but the EU does not seem willing to do so.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this at a press conference yesterday (Thursday), according to the Tass news agency. EU members have been in a deep crisis for a long time, he said. Russia is ready to rebuild dialogue, but the EU is not ready for such things, Lavrov said.
This press conference took place yesterday (Thursday) after Lavrov met with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulidis in Moscow.
“It is undeniable that there are challenges, difficulties and different approaches, but at the same time we share the common conviction that cooperation is necessary to successfully overcome important international challenges,” Lavrov underlined.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s comments on the reason for the expulsion of Russian diplomats, stressing that NATO has no evidence of malicious or negative activities by Russian diplomatic missions to NATO.
NATO has systematically torpedoed relations with Russia to choose Cold War logic, and the role of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in this destructive process is notable, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman added.
On 06 October, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had withdrawn accreditation from eight members of Russia’s representation to NATO over espionage allegations. In addition, the number of people allowed to work at NATO headquarters was significantly reduced. Russia plans to suspend its mission to NATO in Brussels from November.