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 Steinmeier: Friendship of EU with Russia depends on Ukraine

Restoration of friendly relations between EU and Russia would be desirable, but it is impossible until "Russia helps end the conflict in Ukraine."

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview to Welt am Sonntag newspaper Censor.NET reports.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier hopes to restore friendly relations with Russia. He confirmed that "it would be desirable" to return to normal, friendly relations with Moscow.

"Germany can neither give up on nor isolate Russia. Russia is still one of EU's and Germany's largest neighbors, and will have a say in Europe's future, for better or for worse," he explained.

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Steinmeier added that further dialogue depends on Russia's readiness to help end the conflict in Ukraine and restore the country's territorial integrity.

"However, neither Russia nor the EU can dictate to third countries how they should develop. The pattern, according to which loyalty is achieved through political or military pressure, does not work since 1989 and 1990. Russia still does not share this viewpoint," he said.



 
 
 
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