: E.U.-Russia diplomatic future is vague - European officials

18:05 May. 13, 2016

E.U.-Russia diplomatic future is vague - European officials

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Attempts to figure out prospects to re-establish relations fail 

Decent diplomatic ties between the European Union and the Russian Federation are hardly possible, says Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EAS) Helga Maria Schmid. Earlier this week Schmid visited Moscow for political consultations with members of Russia's Foreign Ministry.

This was the first visit of European officials to Russia since the beginning of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Numerous media reported that the officials attempted to figure out further prospects for bilateral Russia-European Union relations, though failed to succeed.

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Earlier in March the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini declared five milestones of the E.U. policy towards Central and Eastern Europe including the Russian Federation.

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In brief, it is the comprehensive implementation of Minsk agreements, enhancing the cooperation with the Eastern Partnership (EaP) members (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine), strengthening E.U. inner and energy security, battling illegal migration and terrorism, and sustaining civil society development in Russia.

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Russia's Foreign Ministry harshly criticized the aforementioned list stating Moscow did not need such kind of partnership.

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