Russia was And will remain the largest neighbour of the EU And Germany, together with us it defines the future of Europe, said in an interview the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The exchange between Moscow And Washington threats to build nuclear potentials in the EU And at its borders Steinmeier described as " ancient reflexes of the cold war who are still alive ". However, the world has changed, he no longer consists of 2 great powers And is not divided into East And West.
"We have to care about the fact not to let them destroy all that has been so painstakingly constructed over decades of peace in the European Union. And We can't ignore the fact that the Russian Federation participated in the creation of the European post-war order, " - said the Minister.
on the question of whether he can imagine the recovery is good, even friendly relations with Moscow in the near future, Steinmeier said that " it would be highly desirable ".
"However, this depends on how Russia is ready to help Ukraine to cross the conflict. It is clear that Germany must not allow the isolation of Russia. Russia remains the main neighbor of the EU And our main neighbour, together with us it defines the future of Europe, " he said.
print edition asked Steinmeier to comment on the proposals Zbigniew Brzezinski about the "Finlandization" Ukraine status in which, as a member of the European Union, this country would refrain from joining NATO.
"I have a dream, We with Russia come to a common understanding of how to be the territorial integrity of Ukraine. But neither Russia nor the EU does not have the ability to allocate a third country, which way to grow. Currently not the beginning of the 90s, the favor of no longer be achieved through political or military pressure. The leading countries are obliged to learn to promote their political models through peaceful means ", - said the head of the German foreign Ministry.
Steinmeier had previously stated that with respect to Russia is useless to rely only on the policy of pressure And European politicians do not have the ability to be no interest in the G8 remained in the G7 format, because the world Commonwealth needs of the Russian Federation. For example, to resolve the frozen conflicts in the European region And in the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq, Libya, the situation around the Iranian nuclear weapons programme.