Natalia Dobrovolskaya. The EU must be firm, but also cooperating with Russia to solve common issues, and be ready to develop a fresh positive attitude, said at the debate in the European Parliament, European Commissioner for issues of justice, clients and equality Faith Yurova.
"The quality and depth of relations between the EU and Russia is the determining factor for the stability and prosperity of our continent. Our partnership was seriously affected in the past year, the illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilization of the Donbass, but Russia is also an important economic partner and an important partner for the solution of many pressing international issues, " said Yurova.
in her expressions, such a balanced approach is required to be in relations between the EU and Russia." Dialogue and cooperation must be accompanied by hardness and flexibility. We cannot turn a blind eye to safety hazard in such sectors as energy, Internet space, civil aviation or the effect of imposing on our democracy, " she said.
Yurov added that ought to be cooperating on the basis of interdependence and complementarity of their economies on the basis of cultural and historical traditions.
"We must strengthen our resilience and to establish clear" red line ". At the same time, it is necessary the interaction based on the interdependence and complementarity of our economies on the basis of cultural and historical traditions and opportunities to change things, together. We are required more often to show our responsibility in a complex world of global and regional challenges. The EU must be ready to develop a fresh positive relationships based on mutual respect, " said Yurova.
in her expressions, a trilateral dialogue between the EU, Russia and Ukraine on the implementation of the Treaty on the free trade area between Ukraine and the EU, as well as on gas " are on the right path ".
Crimea and Sevastopol became the Russian regions after the 16 March 2014 referendum in which the overwhelming majority of voters voted for reunification with Russia. In the capital of Russia notice that the referendum in Crimea complies with international law and the UN Charter.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of the region. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began more than 6, 4 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, as well as among them, during meetings in Minsk contact group, which since September of last year already took 3 of the document governing the steps to de-escalate the conflict.