Delegation of the European Union to Russia

EU-Russia political consultations on international issues

Brussels, 15/10/2020 - 15:42, UNIQUE ID: 201015_43
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On 14 October in Brussels, the EEAS Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs/Political Director Enrique Mora held political consultations with his counterpart Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. These consultations are held within the framework of the EU’s policy towards Russia in order to keep channels of communication open and to exchange views on issues where there is a clear EU interest. Exchanges focused on a number of international issues as well as questions related to human rights.

On the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the EU side welcomed Russia’s efforts in negotiating the 10 October ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan and stressed the need for this ceasefire to be strictly observed and fully implemented on the ground. The EU side conveyed its readiness to further contribute to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

With regard to the situation in Belarus, the EU side recalled the democratic right of the Belarusian people to elect their president through new, free and fair elections, without external interference. The EU encouraged the Russian side to support the proposal of the current and upcoming OSCE Chairmanships-in-Office to facilitate a much-needed inclusive national dialogue in Belarus.

The EU side reaffirmed the Union's unwavering position on Ukraine, stressing in particular the need for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. It was noted that all signatories of the agreements should step up their efforts in implementing all security-related and political measures and facilitate the effective work of the Trilateral Contact Group and the Normandy format. The EU side underlined that Ukraine had taken important steps in this regard and urged Russia to play a constructive role in all relevant processes.

In relation to Libya, the EU side noted the crucial opportunity to move the political process forward and emphasised that it must go hand in hand with the return to the negotiations on the ceasefire. The EU side reiterated the unacceptability of foreign interference in Libya and underscored the significant contribution of Operation Irini to the effective implementation of the UN arms embargo.

On Syria, the EU side welcomed the respect of the ceasefire in Idlib and urged the implementation of all parts of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

Regarding the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the EU side underlined that the pursuit of dialogue and de-escalation remains the only path towards stability and lasting solutions.

The EU side mentioned the progress made in the context of the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina since its resumption in July under the auspices of High Representative Borrell and EUSR Lajcak. The EU side highlighted that a successful conclusion of the Dialogue is essential for stability in the region.

On Venezuela, the EU side emphasised the importance of achieving a genuine and inclusive negotiation to get an agreement on the electoral way out of the crisis.