Lavrov: most of the countries of the EU support the trilateral negotiations about Ukraine
The Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, commenting the results of the meeting of the heads of the ministries of foreign affairs of the countries of the EU in Brussels, stated that a large number of the countries of the EU consider that the situation with Ukraine should be discussed in the three-sided format.
“Any decisions such as how to develop its economy (speaking about Ukraine), how to build the relations with its major partners, should be made independently, without interference from the outside, and taking into consideration the interests of own country. And it is unfair to impose an artificial choice upon these countries. We heard that our position was understood by the European partners,” RIA News cites Lavrov.
“Moreover there were suggestions to start the discussion of these questions all together, in order to withdraw any suspicions, mutual reproaches (true or supposed) and to discuss the format of the further cooperation collectively, equitably and all together… The suggestions that were voiced today confirm that Europe has a number of states, which consider that the situation with Ukraine needs to be discussed in the three-sided format,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov said that, “Ukraine is a major economic partner of Russia and a major economic partner of the EU. A huge amount of the goods turnover of this country is related to Europe, the Russian Federation and the CIS countries.” “And it will be logical before suggesting, sometimes rather obtrusively, any schemes of further cooperation of Ukraine and the EU to sit down and check what economic consequences such schemes will have for all the participants of the process,” the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation noted.