Attempts to isolate Russia from the international society in any way have no prospects, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
“There are no prospects for isolating Russia in this or that way,” Lavrov said at a meeting with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics in Moscow. “We have partners,” he added.
Moscow is not planning to discuss criteria for sanctions to be lifted, as sanctions are illegitimate, Lavrov noted.
Cooperation with EU
Russia is hopeful that Latvia’s presidency in the EU Council will promote settlement of problems in ties between Russia and the European Union, Lavrov said.
“We hope that Latvia’s first EU rotating presidency will help solve those problems that exist in relations between Russia and the EU,” he stressed. “We are interested in cooperation with all EU states, naturally on an equal basis,” the foreign minister added.
Lavrov also noted that Russia will react adequately to Latvia’s ‘blacklists’ of Russian culture activists.
Starting dialogue in Ukraine
No matter how important the external factors may be, the most important thing now is to start a direct dialogue over a constitutional reform in Ukraine, Lavrov said after talks with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics.
“Russia is certain that no matter how important various external formats may be, the most important thing now is to start a genuine, direct national dialogue over the constitutional reform involving all of Ukraine’s regions and political forces in order to achieve national reconciliation,” he said. “Through national reconciliation, it will be possible to achieve national accord over what kind of state will let all Ukrainians feel comfortable and secure,” Lavrov said.
First published by TASS.
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