Sergei Lavrov: Personal chemistry is being translated into practical steps

President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the US later this month should launch a new stage in the “reset” in relations between the two countries, this time in the economic sphere. Russian Foreign Minister SERGEY LAVROV told Kommersant’s VLADIMIR SOLOVYOV what we can expect from the Russian-US summit, why Russia will not join NATO and what kind of relationship Moscow wants to have with the EU.

On the Russia-EU summit in Rostov: “There are several countries within the EU that are not yet ready politically to introduce a visa-free regime.”

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On the relations with NATO: “If NATO can do it, why can’t we?”

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On the reset in US-Russian relations: “The US Administration has definitely ‘reset’”

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On Abkhasia and South Ossetia: “Saakashvili was against discussing the status of these republics. We went along with this.”

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