: German FM wants to better relations with Russia

16:36 Apr. 22, 2016

German FM wants to better relations with Russia

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, prior to a news conference in Moscow, Russia on March 23, 2016. (AP Photo)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier expresses desire for closer cooperation

Head of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in his interview with Handelsblatt, expressed a will to cooperate with Russia on the international arena.

"It would be good to resume talks. I can imagine that we'll try to cooperate with Russia concerning Lybia," Steinmeier said.

Read also Steinmeier and Lavrov set to discuss diplomatic efforts on Ukraine and Syria

According to the Foreign Affairs Minister, there's a general interest in a stabilization of the situation in Lybia and in the nearest future – the issue of ISIL.

Steinmeier also supported the idea of creating conditions to return Russia to the G8.

"I'm deeply convinced that we have to work together in difficult situations and I don't support a policy of isolation," he said.

At the same time, the Minister claimed that Moscow should make more efforts to realize the Minsk Agreements.

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