New suggestions on the EU relations with Russia
The Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry’s Secretary Laimonas Tallat-Kelpša during the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Portugal on Friday stressed that the EU’s position on Russia should be consolidated more if specific results rather than just a process are to be had.
As the Ministry’s web site informed the diplomat stressed the it appears that efforts are being made to create an impression that some countries favour partnership with Russia, others oppose it, yet this is not the case as Lithuania, just like the rest of the EU countries, is interested in having good relations with Russia.
The diplomat suggested that a wider discussion on issues of individual member states within the context of dealings with Russia must be staged. The collection of the EU 27’s opinions would present a detailed picture, and some of the questions like energy security and the need to diversify energy resources could possibly be solved by jointly putting shoulder to it.
Mr Tallat-Kelpša also stressed that the EU must react to hits on the EU’s citizens and on diplomats in particular, who are working in Russia. Direct organizers of such hits, activists of nationalist organizations, he said, ought to be denied entry to the EU’s territory — it would encourage the remains of the civil society in Russia that still believe in the morality of the EU.