Josep Borrell, head of the EU foreign policy service, stated that Russia is the largest neighbor and an important global player for the European Union
“In any case, Russia remains our largest neighbor and an important global player”, – he said. – “It will not disappear or change overnight.”
Borrell suggested exploring a gradual change in the relationship to make it more predictable and stable.
He also expressed support for cooperation on some security policy issues.
“I have to admit that Russia plays a constructive role on the issue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program”, – stressed the head of European diplomacy.
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“I would like to think about a renewed partnership with Russia, but today that is a distant prospect”, – he concluded.