The EU approved five new principles of relations with Russia


The foreign Ministers of the European Union unanimously agreed on five principles of community policy in relation to Russia. This was announced by the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini at a press conference on the results of the international Affairs Council — the next meeting of EU foreign Ministers.

We are talking about the conditions of bilateral cooperation beyond the themes of mutual sanctions. “For me, the issue of extending sanctions is not technical, but political, said Mogherini. Is decided by the member countries of the European Union. In addition, recently we have published a document on prolongation of term of sanctions in six months”.

The first principle is full compliance with the terms of the agreement “Minsk-2” is necessary for any significant changes in relations between Moscow and Brussels. Apart from this, Mogherini recalled, given the impending second anniversary of the events in Crimea, the EU’s position on non-recognition of occurrence of the Peninsula in structure of Russia.

The second principle is that the EU will not abandon its intention to strengthen relations with countries of Eastern partnership and Central Asian countries. With this intention linked and summit of the Association between the EU and Moldova, which started on Monday evening following the meeting of foreign Ministers.

Thirdly, it is strengthening “the internal stability of the European Union” — in particular, issues of energy security and strategic communications (this is the so-called project “counteraction to Russian propaganda”).

The fourth principle, on the contrary, is to restore cooperation with Moscow “on some selected areas”. In foreign policy in this direction could be the Syrian issue, the restoration of relations with Iran, the DPRK issue. “Cooperation is possible in other areas where this will contribute to the interests of the EU”, — said Mogherini.

Finally, the fifth principle — the commitment to support the development of civil society in Russia and “invest in people”. These items are designed to become the basis for subsequent negotiations on the bilateral relations between the EU and Russia, said Mogherini.

In addition, during the summit, the Ministers raised the issue of the civil war in Libya and called for the immediate creation of a national unity government. According to Mogherini, the European Union begins development of sanctions against persons contributing to the disintegration of Libya.