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“Relations with Russia means not only sanctions and their extension. Europe needs Russia, for example, to resolve various conflicts, such as those occurring now in Syria and Libya. We should talk to them, but it needs to follow clear principles”, – quotes the head of the German foreign Ministry RIA Novosti.

According to the Minister, the EU must demonstrate unity, to coordinate its foreign policy to become a serious player. The need for a unified front will be dedicated to the conference of foreign Ministers of the EU, which will be held in late August at the initiative of Berlin, which currently holds the EU presidency.

“We will discuss how to strengthen the foreign policy of the European Union to become an equal partner for China and the United States, not the ball on the playing field. Important for us the EU common foreign policy,” said Maas.

during his visit to Tallinn he discussed with the foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, current issues topics of the European Union, regional and global foreign and security policy, including Eastern partnership, relations with Russia and China, a dialogue with Turkey, situation in Syria and Libya.

this week, the Maas will also visit Greece and the UK. In Athens, he planned negotiations with the foreign Minister of the country, meeting with the Prime Minister and the President of Greece, with whom he will discuss relations with Turkey, migration policies and bilateral relations. During a visit to the UK on the agenda will be a range of bilateral and international issues will be discussed about the relations with China, Russia, Iran, and close cooperation within NATO and the transatlantic relationship.