Press release on consultations in the Russia-EU political directors format
On October 14, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko held scheduled consultations with Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora.
The sides exchanged assessments and opinions on a wide range of regional and international issues, including the situation in Libya, Syria, Iraq, the Western Balkans region, and around Venezuela. They also discussed at length the situation in the OSCE and the Council of Europe, including from the perspective of the EU's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Touching upon the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the officials underscored the need to observe the humanitarian truce, an agreement reached in Moscow at President Vladimir Putin’s initiative on October 10, 2020.
When discussing the situation in Ukraine, Alexander Grushko and Enrique Mora agreed that there is no alternative to the full and unconditional implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures. The Russian side also pointed to the danger and potential destabilising consequences of interference in the internal affairs of Belarus.
The Russian side also emphasised that cooperation with the EU is possible, but only on the basis of equality and respect for each other’s legitimate interests.