EU/Russia Troïka: extracts from the joint press conference by Sergueï Lavrov, Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Javier Solana, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 29/04/2008 First transmission: 29/04/2008
Sergueï Lavrov, Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, gave a joint press conference on the EU/Russia Troïka.
Dimitrij Rupel announced that the European Union will reach a consensus on issuing a mandate to start EU/Russian negotiations on a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in a couple of weeks.
The European Union urged Russia to show restraint in its standoff with Georgia and the breakaway region of Abkhazia.
Javier Solana said that Moscow's decision to send more peacekeepers to the area is not a wise decision. But Sergueï Lavrov answered that Moscow must protect Russian's lives.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, saying (in ENGLISH) that they have discussed the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement which is under preparation; that they have not yet completely finished their consultations in the EU regarding this PCA, but it will be ready in a couple of weeks; that this will be an important corner stone of their relations and their discussions.
||Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, talking about (in ENGLISH) the cooperation that they have with Russia on the operation of the EU in Tchad; that he is happy to say that they have cooperated very well and the helicopters of the Russian Federation are going to help them; that this is the beginning of a kind of cooperation that is not yet structured, but he hopes that it will be more structured in the future.
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, saying (in ENGLISH) that they feel it is very interesting to see a growing interest of Russia to work with EU on the framework of research and development; that there will be a meeting very soon in Liubljiana and she thinks this will be indeed the start of a new space that has not yet being really been fruitfully enhanced.
||Sergueï Lavrov, Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, saying (in RUSSIAN) on extra peacekeepers being send to Abkhazia, that this decisions aim exclusively at preventing such conflicts that are usually described as frozen from reverting to a face where human lives, Russian lives, lives of Russian peacekeepers will lay down in order to stop the bloodshed; that we can't permit this bloodshed to happen again.
||Javier Solana saying (in ENGLISH) on Russia's move to send extra peacekeepers to Abkhazia, that he would like to say very frankly that even if the increase in peacekeepers is within limits, if they want to diminish the perception of tensions, he don't think it is a wise measure to increase now; that he says that very frankly to the Russian Minister.
||Cutaways (2 shots)