30 Nov 2017 13:17

Russian Foreign Ministry says it sees EU's willingness to restore relations

MOSCOW. Nov 30 (Interfax) - Moscow sees the European Union's willingness to resume bilateral cooperation, the Russian Foreign Ministry's European Cooperation Department Director, Andrei Kelin, said.

"We feel the growing willingness of both sides, both on our part and on the part of the EU, to work together," Kelin said at the Russian Federation Council's round-table addressing the future of relations between Russia and the EU.

"There is a mutual understanding that work will be resumed," he said.

What is standing in the way today is a condition put forth by the EU that the lifting of sanctions will depend on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements for Donbas, he said.

"At the same time, everyone is perfectly aware that it is Kyiv that should implement them, not us," Kelin said.

"No one knows how to end this deadlock. And no one is going to end it for now, probably until the crisis is resolved in Germany and our elections take place. A great deal is tied to that," Kelin said.