Mutual punishment EU and Russia hurt both parties, instead we must broaden the dialogue Between Moscow and Brussels, said 1st Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Xidakis in the interview to the information portal EurActiv.
"I believe that moderate voices within the EU and of the Council (of heads of States and governments) will be heard, will support the deepening of the dialogue and try to resolve this impasse and stagnation ", – quotes his words RIA " Novosti ".
Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs expressed cautious optimism that there will be discovered a solution that does not exacerbate tensions Between Russia and the EU, noting that no one wins from a bad relationship in the medium and long term. Xidakis stated that Europe needs Russia as energy supplier, major trade partner, and Russia also needs the EU, mainly because after all, it's a major client in the energy sector, for strategic or commercial reasons. The interview appeared yesterday two-day EU summit, which will discuss Relations with Moscow and Xidakis expressed hope that the conference will sound more moderate voices. Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. The EU and the US from point penalties against private individuals and organizations turned to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have imposed against her punishment: USA, EU countries, Canada, Australia and Norway. However, increasingly there are calls for cancellation of penalties against Russia. So, eleven Oct Authorized the administration of new York, London, Madrid, Amsterdam and Seoul are told that the anti-Russian policy of the United States and the European Union will lead international Relations to a standstill.