European Union countries are obliged not to violate the General approach concerning Russia and the sanctions, said on Thursday in a conversation with the German Minister for European Affairs, Michael Roth.
Responding to a question about whether Serbia, which claims to EU membership, adopt a neutral attitude towards the issue of sanctions concerning the Russian Federation, the Minister said: "the EU has no neutral parties. We have a common approach, and it incorporates the readiness to agree to share a common position on Russia."
"However, this does not mean that a special historical, cultural, economic and political relations with other States, for example, with Russia, will be blocked. We also, despite the punishment, not frozen our relationship. Literally opposite - We want to talk with Russia and the Russian leadership, " said Roth. The Minister added that " it can give the impression that you can play on proximity with Russia against intimacy with the EU."
in connection with the situation in Ukraine, EU countries, USA and Canada in the spring of the past year have introduced against Russia 1st batch of sentences, then it was expanded and became an point restrictive measures against certain sectors of the economy.
in response, Russia has imposed in the last month of summer 2014 retaliatory punishment which has spread to the products of the agricultural sector from the EU, USA, Canada and some other countries that have joined the anti-Russian sanctions policy.
Moscow has stated many times that is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, the Russian side officially participates as an intermediary in the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.