MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Union is seeking to build closer relations with Russia but will be persistent regarding its demands of Moscow over Ukraine, Germany's Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth said Thursday.
"We are seeking to build closer and more reliable relations with Russia. Russia remains our neighbor, but we have to be persistent in our demands to Russia, for example, on the issue of the Minsk agreement fulfillment," Roth told reporters ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs council.
In February 2015, Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine worked out a ceasefire deal in Minsk later signed by Kiev and the Donbas militia. Despite the fact that the agreement was reached a year ago, both sides have been repeatedly reporting violations of the deal.