Moscow Ready to Work on Improvement of Russia-West Cooperation

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Russia and the West need to improve their relations, and Moscow is ready to make a step in this direction, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Lavrov spoke to the press following the Potsdam Meetings, an international seminar organized by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund in Moscow. According to Lavrov, the seminar addressed the issues of relations between Russia and Germany, Russia and Europe and the prospects to change the existing state of affairs.

"I hope that the high intellectual potential of the Potsdam Meetings will enable the delivery of the necessary signals to the respective destinations," Lavrov said, adding that Moscow was open for changes in this regard.

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In 2014, Russia’s relations with the West deteriorated significantly as the crisis in Ukraine escalated. The United States and its allies, accusing Moscow of fueling tensions in Ukraine, introduced a series of sanctions against Russia as a punitive measure.

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