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State Secretary Korčok meets with Vladimir Titov, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on prospects for developing EU-Russian relations

State Secretary Korčok meets with Vladimir Titov, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on prospects for developing EU-Russian relations

23.1.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, received Vladimir Titov, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, today (23 January 2018). They assessed developments in bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on prospects for developing EU-Russian relations, stating the need for a wider and more efficient dialogue. They paid attention to solving regional crises requiring a coordinated approach.
 

“Slovakia and Russia would like to have open and good bilateral relations although it is a fact that we have different views on several international issues. And this is the reason for bilateral communication, as this forms the basis of diplomacy," stated Korčok. 
 

EU-Russian relations are currently hampered by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.  “We would welcome it if Russia and Ukraine searched for a way to meet the Minsk Agreements. This is how to move Russia-EU relations forward, i.e. to go from a monologue to a real exchange of views and goodwill to find a solution even on the issues that divide us,” said Korčok.
 

Within the prospects of the EU enlargement, State Secretary Korčok stated: “The EU sees its enlargement with the Western Balkans countries in the future as fulfillment of a free decision made by these countries that threatens nobody but rather the reverse – as it has been shown in the previous enlargement waves, it stabilizes and reforms these countries.