Russia – EU consultations on the Middle East
Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the MFA of Russia Ambassador Alexander Kinshchak and Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the European External Action Service Fernando Gentilini held consultations on the situation in the MENA region. On the sidelines Alexander Kinshchak also met the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Susanna Terstal.
A detailed exchange of views on a broad range of MENA issues took place, with a focus on regional crises, including the situation in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and the Middle East Peace Process. The Russian side emphasized that conflicts in the region should be resolved by political and diplomatic means, whereas humanitarian assistance to countries of the region and support of the post-conflict reconstruction should not be politicized.