Vladimir Dobrovolsky. The European side have made mistakes in the policy of rapprochement with the Eastern partners - the majority of Ukraine imposed a choice between the EU and Russia, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders.
"Relations with Russia in regard to the Eastern partnership, are very different (from other issues). I am convinced that there were mistakes from both countries for decades within the partnership. Take the example of Ukraine. Ukraine should not choose. Too many Europeans periodically uttered in Kiev that had to choose between the EU and Russia. But Ukraine will have to work with the EU and with Russia, " said Reynders, a speech at the Crans Montana forum.
He said that Russia's policy in Ukraine is unacceptable." You cannot continue to believe that the decision of the military plan, military intervention in the neighboring country has the opportunity to be a decision, " the Minister said.
"Although it is quite Possible that there were mistakes committed by the EU for several years. During the fall of the Berlin wall, the majority thought that it is possible to move without worrying what people think in the Russian capital. It seems to me that the EU and NATO from the Baltic States through Poland to the Balkan countries can be to create particular issues, " said Reynders.
He said that in the next few years, these organizations have to move beyond the Balkan Peninsula." I hope this will happen in quite good agreement with Moscow. But the way it is presented the Eastern partnership, I am able to understand, because it led to a very severe and painful reaction in the Russian capital. Because after all, it was presented as a choice between the EU and Russia. I don't think it was necessary to act so. I never spoke to said that the partnership aims to make a wider Europe ", - said the head of the Belgian foreign Ministry.
The Ukrainian authorities, as well as the United States and the European Union has repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in Ukraine's Affairs. Russia denies it and calls such accusations are unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is not privy to the events in the South-East, is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.