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Javier Solana calls "constructive" the talks in Luxemburg between representatives of the EU Troika and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
High Representative of the European Union for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana calls "constructive" the talks in Luxemburg on Monday between representatives of the EU Troika and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Like all friends we have differences but we have moved forward the process, Mr. Solana said assessing the talks on the "roadmaps" - the four environments of EU-Russia cooperation (economy, freedom and justice, security, science and education). The Russian minister also thinks of the talks as constructive and productive. "The 'roadmap' for unfolding a humanitarian environment between Russia and the European Union is actually ready. Progress has been made on the economy and security 'roadmaps'. As regards the internal security 'roadmap', work on it has to be sped up", Mr. Lavrov said. He also said that a meeting between representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the EU Troika will be held in Luxemburg tomorrow. They will discuss the protection of rights of the ethnic minorities. At today's meeting, Mr. Lavrov and Solana have considered a range of international and regional problems. "As regards the Middle East, we have confirmed the coincidence of positions of the European Union and Russia on the conference due in London tomorrow. We expect from it concrete results in the support for the Palestinian reforms", the Russian foreign minister said. Mr. Lavrov also remarked at the press conference that Russia and the European Union are for arranging cooperation to settle Transdnestria (self-proclaimed republic in the territory of Moldova) in a bid to "find a way out of the impasse tasking shape here since autumn 2003". Mr. Lavrov noted that the five-lateral format (Russia, Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Moldova and Transdnestria) of talks on Transdnestria should be preserved. He also said that Russiaand the EU have agreed upon setting up a special mechanism, Russia-EU, on all questions of relations between Russia and the European Union, including Kaliningrad transit (the Kaliningrad region is Russia's exclave on the Baltic sea).
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