German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Europe needs Russia. According to him, we need to communicate with the Russian Federation, but at the same time follow clear principles.
вЂњRelations with Russia mean not only sanctions and their extension. Europe needs Russia, for example, to resolve various conflicts, such as those currently taking place in Syria and Libya. We must talk to them, but we must follow clear principles, вЂњ Maas said at a press conference in Tallinn after meeting with the Baltic foreign Ministers. The speech was also broadcast on the Estonian Foreign Ministry's Facebook page.
At the same time, Maas stressed the importance of EU unity and the need to achieve coherence in foreign policy.
The German Foreign Minister said that they will discuss how to strengthen the European Union's foreign policy in order to become an equal partner for China and the United States, and вЂњnot a ball on the playing fieldвЂќ.
вЂњThe common foreign policy of the EU is important for us,вЂќ Maas said.
A few days earlier, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said that Europe вЂњoverlookedвЂќ the economic strength of China. At the same time, she noted that Europe needs to arm itself as best as possible against вЂњunpredictable RussiaвЂќ. According to Kaljulaid, Europe should protect itself and not rely on the US in this matter, since the States вЂњhave so many difficultiesвЂќ.