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    Security in Europe Can Not Be Reached Without Russia - Steinmeier

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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is convinced that permanent security in Europe can only be reached together with Russia.

    MUNICH (Sputnik) — Long-term security in Europe requires the West to cooperate with Moscow, not work against it, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Sunday.

    "Permanent security in Europe can only be [reached] together, not against Russia," he said addressing the Munich Security Conference.

    Steinmeier added that Russia can be integrated in international order "in the long run."

    Relations between Brussels and Moscow soured following Crimea's reunification with Russia.

    The European Union together with the United States have introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Moscow, citing its alleged interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs and supporting eastern Ukrainian pro-independence militia.

    The Kremlin has repeatedly said that it is not a party to the Ukrainian internal crisis, and called for a peaceful dialogue between the warring parties.

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