The EU's position on restoring relations with Russia only under the condition that Russia fulfills the Minsk agreements is unpromising. This was stated on Tuesday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint press conference following talks with his Finnish counterpart Timo Soini, - TASS reports.
"We have a common interest in normalizing Russian relations with the European Union, and we confirmed our readiness to go as far as the EU would be ready. On our side, the hopelessness of the position taken by Brussels regarding the normalization of relations with Russia only after Moscow fulfils the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian settlement was stressed",- he noted.
The minister has traditionally blamed Ukraine for alleged sabotaging Minsk.
As previously reported, it is Russia that does not fulfill the main provisions of the Minsk agreements: the withdrawal of its troops and weapons from the territory of Ukraine. Instead, Russia permanently supports the occupation authorities of Donbass with weapons, ammunition, military equipment and personnel. Russia also categorically opposes the monitoring of section of the state border uncontrolled by Ukraine, through which columns of military equipment regularly enter the occupied Donbass and through which Ukrainian coal and products of Ukrainian steel works are being exported from CADLO.