Iohannis supports the need to maintain dialogue with Russia, but says economic sanctions must be kept

President-elect Klaus Iohannis supports the need to maintain dialogue with Russia, but underscores that the economic sanctions against this country must be kept.

“The EU leaders consecrated the European Summit to the future of the relation between the EU and Moscow. I support, together with the European heads of state, the need to maintain dialogue with the Russian Federation. At the same time, the economic sanctions against the Russian state must be in turn kept as long as Ukraine’s sovereignty is threatened,” Iohannis says, according to a release remitted to AGERPRES on Friday.

He underscores that on “the common path and to answer to challenges of any nature, a coherent foreign policy of the EU member states is fundamental.”

“Using instruments of economic nature is a reality of international relations,” the President-elect says.

Iohannis hails the decision made this week by the European Parliament on increasing the volume of duty free fruit imports from the Republic of Moldova to the European Union.

“The embargo imposed on the Moldovan state by the Russian Federation is counteracted by the solidarity of the European citizens”.


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