High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, met this morning Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, in the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel.
During the meeting HRVP Mogherini and Minister Lavrov discussed crises in the joint neighbourhood, beginning with Ukraine. The HRVP underlined the necessity for all parties to implement the Minsk agreements in full and to take concrete steps to reduce tensions on the ground, in order to move towards a lasting ceasefire and to find a political solution to the crisis.
The HRVP and Minister Lavrov agreed that the crisis in Ukraine had seriously affected and continues to affect relations between EU and Russia, one of the main topics of the meeting. The HRVP and the Russian Foreign Minister also exchanged views on the Middle East Peace Process and discussed the situation in Syria as well as the state of play in E3+3 nuclear talks with Iran.