EU's Mogherini, on Moscow visit, says bloc's Russia sanctions to stay

Not only the European Union, but also the United States and a number of other Western countries imposed sanctions, some of which have been expanded amid Russia's continued backing of pro-Russian rebels waging an insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Georgias Foreign Ministry (MFA) says the visit of Russias Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to Georgias breakaway region of Abkhazia scheduled for April 18-19, represents a continuation of Moscows provocative policies against the Georgian state.

Meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing Foreign Ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Wang, in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, also noted that China supported Russia's proposal to investigate the chemical weapons attack in Idlib, Syria, earlier this month, reports Xinhua.

Mogherini, however, said that the union could not pretend that Russian Federation did not "annex" Ukraine's Crimea three years ago, adding that that EU's anti-Russia sanctions would stay in place.

European Union foreign "El Cid", principal figura para un festival mixto de mañana en Portugal policy chief Federica Mujerini said on Monday the bloc wanted better relations with Russia but could not pretend Moscow had not annexed the Ukrainian Crimea to Russian territory in 2014.

Both the Russia-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government blamed each other for laying the mine. "I expect our counterparts from the European Union to try and make the Ukrainian authorities strictly implement the Minsk agreements", the Russian top diplomat added.

"We are ready to do our part but unfortunately, Kiev has been avoiding direct dialogue with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic though it is written in black and white in the Minsk documents".

The UN mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov are due to come together in Geneva on Monday to discuss ways to revive a tattered ceasefire in Syria.

"Despite the systemic problem, we still have a wish to continue talks". In short, there is a wide range of issues that we can discuss, the Italian official said.

  • Leroy Wright