Russia – EU Political Directors Consultations
On 14 October 2020 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko held regular consultations with Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora.
The two sides exchanged views and opinions on a wide range of regional and international issues, including the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq, the Western Balkans region, as well as around Venezuela. A detailed discussion was held on the state of affairs in the OSCE and the Council of Europe, including through the lens of European Union’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement the need was stressed to maintain the humanitarian truce agreed upon in Moscow on 10 October 2020 on the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In the context of discussion of the situation in Ukraine it was emphasised that there is no alternative to full and unconditional implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures. EU attention was also drawn to the danger and destabilising consequences of interference in internal affairs of Belarus.
The Russian side pointed out that interaction with the EU is only possible if based on equal footing and due consideration of each other’s lawful interests.