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EU to follow five principles in relations with Russia

Full implementation of the Minsk agreements is one of the conditions.

EU to follow five principles in relations with Russia
Federica Mogherini
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Some of them are the implementation of the Minsk agreements in full

The European Union has worked out five principles to be grounds for Brussels-Moscow relations.

EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini stated at the press conference on Monday that heads of the Foreign Ministries and the EU had agreed on those five principles. The press conference video is available on the EU Council website.

The first principle says that any considerable changes in the Moscow-Brussels relations demand full implementation of the "Minsk-2" agreements. Moreover, Mogherini emphasized, taking into account the second anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, the EU position on not recognizing the peninsula’s joining Russia.

The second principle lies in the fact that the European Union will not refuse its intentions to strengthen relations with the countries of the "Eastern Partnership" and Central Asia.

The third principle includes strengthening of internal stability of the European Union, particularly, speaking about energy security and strategic communications (a project on counteraction to the Russian propaganda).

The fourth principle admits cooperation with Russia on a number of particular directions. In foreign policy, such directions may concern the Syrian problem, reestablishment of relations with Iran, problems of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The fifth principle is the aspiration to support development of the public society in Russia.

As reported before, at the end of 2015, the EU prolonged the economic sanctions against Russia till 31 July 2016, and in mid-March - personal sanctions against individuals and legal entities responsible for undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.