Only if Russia receives the approval from Brussels will it extend the second line of the Turkish Stream pipeine towards the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday, during a ceremony to proclaim him an honorary professor at the University of Piraeus in Athens.
Commenting on Russia’s relations with the West, he said he sees no progress despite his country’s efforts to activate talks and urged the European Union to start dialog with the Eurasian Economic Union, noting that each state’s interests must be taken into account when building these relations.
On Ukraine, Lavrov said Russia is implementing the Minsk agreement and is expecting Ukraine to do the same, adding that the rights of the Russian population in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk must be ensured.
Concerning Syria, the Russian diplomat wondered why the West doesn’t separate the moderate Syrian opposition from the fighters of the Al-Nusra Front, as stated in the UN resolutions. “Some people do not want to distinguish between the moderate opposition and the Al-Nusra Front fighters,” he said, adding that “we always keep our word; this is a tradition of our diplomacy”.
Commenting on the upcoming U.S. elections, Lavrov said Russia will have a dialog with whoever is elected president, as Russian president Vladimir Putin stated.