Russia will remain a difficult partner for Europe: Germany's new foreign minister

Reuters , Monday 19 Mar 2018

Heiko Maas
File Photo: German foreign minister Heiko Maas (Reuters)

Russia will remain a difficult partner, said new German foreign minister Heiko Maas, reacting to Russian President Vladimir Putin's re-election on Sunday and questioning its fairness.

The European Union must be able to continue to talk to Russia, despite a host of issues, he said.

"The result of the election in Russia was as unsurprising to us as the circumstances of the election. We can't talk about a fair political competition in all respects as we would understand it," he told reporters, arriving at a monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers.

"Russia will remain a difficult partner. But Russia will also be needed for solutions to the big international conflicts and so we want to remain in dialogue," Maas said.

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