MOSCOW, 12 February. Approaches to solving the problem of refugees in the EU can be developed in March at the meeting of experts of Russia and the European Union.
This hope was expressed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with the international Agency “Sputnik”.
“In March will be the next expert meeting of the Russia – EU migration, and I hope that there will be worked out approaches to solving this problem,” he said.
In my opinion, the EU should exercise strong political will and to establish strict control over migration flows
However, he acknowledged that “it’s easier said than done”. According to the head of the Cabinet, first of all “illegal hit to the EU should not guarantee asylum”.
The Prime Minister noted that a coordinated position of the EU member States on the issue of migrants no.
“But this position needs to be developed in the near future, otherwise we will see examples of decisive unilateral action to protect its borders. What does this mean? The end of single European area”,- says Medvedev.
The Prime Minister reminded that Russia is also taking in refugees, including more than a million people from Ukraine. “We have a great experience receiving immigrants and we can share it with the EU,” he said, saying that “such a proposal we made to the EU”.
Relations with Russia need to be constructed as an equal partner
The Prime Minister is convinced that building relations with Russia as an equal partner and hoped that the position of the Russian Federation at the Munich conference will be heard.
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“If, after the speeches of Russian participants will be discussed and commented on exactly what we say, and not what many would like to hear from “aggressive” and “unpredictable” Russia, such a reaction is reasonable”, – said the head of the Russian government.
He noted that “unfortunately, our Western colleagues can’t get used to it, and instead to build relations with Russia as an equal partner, with your, quite reasonable for a large state’s geopolitical and economic interests, we try to imagine such a “second-class country” or at best “regional” power.” “It’s a pretty meaningless and useless term,” – says Medvedev.
The Munich conference is first and foremost a discussion platform
“I’m going to Munich to denote the position of Russia on key issues of European security. And since that concept today encompasses many aspects – military, political, economic, humanitarian, environmental–, respectively, will affect them,” – said Medvedev. According to him, the first and main task is to combat international terrorism. “For this, including the need to settle the Syrian conflict, to help the people of this country to fight criminals, to restore the economy and build a peaceful state. We need to make an effort to resolve the Ukrainian crisis. The basis of the Minsk package that Kiev is in no hurry to perform. Other challenges facing us is, of course, refugees and migrants who literally waves cover Europe,” he listed.
According to him, all these problems boil down to one safety.
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“It is important, – said the head of the Russian Cabinet, is not only to assess the current situation in the field of Euro-Atlantic security, and above all to try deeply and impartially analyze its causes”. “Not to look for blame or finger-pointing endlessly to each other, and in order to understand what are the real threats and how to improve the situation,” – said Medvedev. “To offer our Russian perspective on all these issues – this is the basic meaning of participation in the conference,” he said.
The Prime Minister admits that the position of the Russian Federation may not like it much. “It’s okay. The main thing that we have”, – he stated. “If we at least start a mutual movement in this direction, I believe that our goal in Munich will be fulfilled,” – said Medvedev. In support of his position he cited the saying of Winston Churchill: “there is no need to rearm to continue hostilities, but we have to rearm for negotiations”.
Meanwhile, complained to Medvedev, the trust between the West and Russia can’t be recovered.
In my opinion, Western counterparts in NATO simply extract political gain from confrontation; it is easier to demonize Russia and to write off the current problems than to recognize the serious problems that exist in the system of European security, as well as to acknowledge its share of responsibility for the current crises. Now it is necessary to find compromises and not to measure ambition, to restore trust and to return to those joint initiatives that have been frozen, to unite their efforts in combating international terrorism, which is spreading across the world like a plague
Medvedev won’t be in Munich to discuss the debt of Ukraine
Medvedev is confident that Russia will win the case against Kiev on the debt at $3 billion, but hopes to out-of-court settlement. He said this in an interview with the international Agency “Sputnik”. In addition, he added that he plans to discuss this issue with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during the Munich security conference.
The head of the government of the Russian Federation recalled that in December 2013 the Russian government has placed part of the funds of the national welfare Fund into Eurobonds of Ukraine at $ 3 billion. Securities were to be repaid in December 2015, but this has not happened.
The Prime Minister noted that thus from a legal point of view Ukraine is in default, which means that Russia is seeking the return of overdue debts in court.
“All the necessary documents are being prepared, is formed the corresponding claim, and our chances of winning in court are very high. But I still hope that the Ukrainian authorities address the issue of the debt out of court”, – said Medvedev.
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Answering the question of whether the planned negotiations with the Ukrainian colleagues about the issue of debt on the sidelines of the Munich security conference, which started in Germany on February 12, Medvedev said: “No special negotiations on the subject of the national debt of Ukraine in Munich is not scheduled. Here and discuss nothing special, debts must be repaid”.
The Prime Minister added that the proposals for settlement of the debt, which Kiev transferred via Germany to Russia was unacceptable in the first place, because they are worse than the terms previously offered to commercial creditors of Kiev.
He once again stressed that the debt of Kiev before Moscow is public, not private. “I have repeatedly stated and is ready to repeat: a loan Ukraine is not private it is public, the sovereign debt of one country over another. The status of the public debt acknowledged, and the international monetary Fund. And this is, as they say, medical fact,” he said.
The Prime Minister also criticized the IMF for its “political” decision to loosen its rules for lending to debtor countries in favor of Ukraine. “Do you really not understand that such an unprecedented policy of double standards might open a Pandora’s box, cause great damage to world Finance and in General to undermine the credibility of international financial institutions”, – has expressed bewilderment the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
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