The world community must continue its dialogue with the Russian Federation despite the imposition of new EU sanctions, as there are “positive developments” in the settlement of armed conflicts, particularly in Ukraine and Syria.

This was stated by German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas in an interview with RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland.

“We are sitting with the Russians at the same table in the UN Security Council, in the Berlin process on Libya, as well as in discussing the issue of Ukraine. All these forums are about decisions to end the wars,” the Minister said.

According to him, a ceasefire was reached in Donbas, and it “lasted the longest since the beginning of the conflict.”

At the same time, Maas acknowledged that “relations with Russia remain difficult,” but there will be no end to the dialogue with Moscow. He is convinced that in the future he will have to give a “European response to Russia’s unacceptable actions,” and in the new “ice age” no one can be interested in relations between Germany and Russia.

The German Minister of Foreign Affairs also said that the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline would be completed, but it is not known when.

Bohdan Marusyak

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