Efforts to isolate Moscow have repeatedly resulted in severe consequences for Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Russian-German forum dubbed ‘The Potsdam Meeting’.

 

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According to the minister, in the modern interconnected world it is impossible to create separate security islands. “Common problems need to be tackled together,” Lavrov said. “That means, if the European states don’t unite, efforts to ensure Europe’s rightful place in the new world order are bound to fail.”

 

“History has repeatedly proven that the attempts to isolate Russia always lead to severe consequences for the entire continent,” the Russian top diplomat said.

 

“At the same time, Russia’s active participation in the European affairs has always entailed long periods of stability.” 

 

Russia’s willingness to establish cooperation with Europe has not been supported by some Western countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Russian-German forum dubbed ‘The Potsdam Meeting’.

 

“Our large-scale infrastructure projects, including those in the energy sphere, particularly the Nord Stream project, were aimed at ensuring the sustained development of European states,” the minister said. “

 

The proposal to set up a Russian-EU energy alliance in the future had the same goal.

 

“We were consistently encouraging our counterparts to remove the long-outdated visa barrier preventing the enhancement of the trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties,” the Russian top diplomat said.

 

“Unfortunately, our genuine wish to establish partnership was not supported by Western states.