"Firstly, this is a situation in which we have to prevent escalation in every direction. Escalation means to make an inappropriate statement… This leads nowhere. We have to deescalate," Solana told Euroactiv.com in an interview.
Solana urged the EU to "open channels of communication" with Russia, shattered because of the Ukrainian crisis. In particular, the Spaniard stressed the importance of implementing the Minsk peace agreements in an attempt to find lasting peace in Ukraine.
Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Ukrainian internal conflict and expressed readiness to resume dialogue and cooperation with its European partners on terms of mutual respect.