Vice-Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev believes that the format of the “European troika” – Russia, Germany and France – has good potential for the future.
The politician wrote about this on Facebook, commenting on the telephone conversation of Russian President Vladimir Putin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French leader Emmanuel Macron on the eve.
As Kosachev noted, during the conversation, the three largest European leaders developed “a broad agenda centered on countering the coronavirus pandemic, removing rough edges and launching real interaction on other major cross-border problems.”
At the same time, he pointed out the importance of the closeness of the approaches of the interlocutors on the situation in Libya, Syria, as well as the Iranian nuclear deal.
However, Kosachev called the confirmation by the three leaders of the absence of alternatives to the Minsk agreements more important. In his opinion, this was a powerful signal to Kiev, which was feared there.
As for the relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union, the senator emphasizes that the Russian position was exhaustively confirmed at these negotiations: Moscow is still ready to develop relations, but it needs the reciprocal readiness of Brussels, “and not shouts and sanctions blackmail.”