Lavrov to discuss situation in Ukraine and economic cooperation with Foreign Minister of Spain

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The Foreign Ministers of Russia and Spain Sergey Lavrov and José Manuel García-Margallo will hold talks in Moscow on Tuesday. During these talks they will exchange views on the situation in Ukraine and discuss the possibility of boosting bilateral trade and economic relations “in an unfavorable external environment.”

Subject of talks

As reported the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two Ministers will “compare notes” on the prospects of Russian-Spanish political and economic partnership, will discuss the current state of relations between Russia and the European Union with regard to their normalization and they will identify ways of cooperation in the United Nations during the non-permanent membership of Spain in the Security Council in 2015-2016. The agenda also includes talks on the situation in the Southern Mediterranean, in Syria and the Middle East.

“In light of the recent tragic events in Paris, both countries stand for boosting cooperation in the fight against terrorist threats. Sergey Lavrov and José García-Margallo will consider the renewal (after a three-year break) of the Russian-Spanish interministerial working group on countering new threats and challenges,” stated the Russian Ministry.

The sides will discuss the development of relations in the cultural and humanitarian spheres with a focus on holding the Year of the Russian language and literature in Spain and the Year of the Spanish language and literature in Russia in 2015-2016, as well as the Russian-Spanish Tourism Year in 2016- 2017.

Spain’s position on Russia

García-Margallo, in his turn, speaking about the purpose of his visit to Russia, on March 6 at the informal meeting of Foreign Ministers of the EU in Riga, said that Madrid was in favor of the implementation of the Minsk agreements and against the tightening of sanctions against Russia. According to him, “it’s a must to give a chance to peace and dialogue; the crisis in Ukraine should be managed peacefully, not by war.”

The Spanish Foreign Minister is on a working visit in Moscow on March 8-10 at the invitation of Lavrov. As the Foreign Ministry of Russia stressed the Minister’s visit to Russia was intended to give a new impetus to Russian-Spanish relations and to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the international arena.

García-Margallo’s program also includes talks with the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, with Alexander Novak, the co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Joint Russian-Spanish Commission on Economic and Industrial Cooperation, a meeting with representatives of Spanish business communities in Russia and laying flowers at the Eternal Flame.

Text and pictures by TASS