Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel
On October 13, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation initiated by the EU with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell who spoke about the outcome of the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting held on October 12.
The Russian side, in turn, pointed out that fomenting anti-Russia sentiments in the EU and creating new irritants in relations with Russia under far-fetched pretexts ran counter to the goal of stabilising the situation in Europe. It was noted that these relations could only be based on equality and mutual respect of each other’s interests. In order to achieve this, some countries that set the tone in the EU should abandon approaches based on adopting a position of superiority and admit that there is no alternative to a candid fact-based dialogue.
A number of important international matters also came under review, including the actual state of affairs in implementing the Minsk Agreements to resolve the internal crisis in Ukraine, and the goals of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement in accordance with the Moscow statement by the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia, as well as the situation around the Republic of Belarus.