On 2 December 2019 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Moscow with the heads of the diplomatic missions of EU countries and the head of the European Union Delegation to the Russian Federation.
The participants in the meeting had a detailed discussion of the outlook for restoring Russia-EU relations. The Russian party stressed its readiness for constructive interaction with the new leaders of the European Union. The counterproductive nature of unilateral restrictions that hampered the development of trade and economic ties in Europe was emphasised, as was that of other steps that could result in the erosion of the system of international law and the emergence of new divides on the continent.
The parties also reviewed current international issues with a focus on the prospects for the settlement of the intra-Ukrainian conflict, the developments in Syria and Libya, and the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme.