The European Union seen from China, India and Russia

The European Union seen from China, India and Russia

I write after a long week of official visits to China, India and today to Russia. In each of these places I found a strong willingness to strengthen and expand cooperation with the European Union: we are seen everywhere as an indispensable and reliable partner when it comes to working together on security and peace, on trade and economic cooperation, on promoting multilateralism, democracy, sustainable development and human rights. It is the strong and necessary Europe that Emmanuel Macron pointed at last night as our hope and future – joining together the European and the French flag. Voir les drapeaux de la #France et de l’#UE saluer le résultat de @emmanuelmacron, c’est l’espoir et le futur de notre génération — Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) 23 aprile 2017 Today, in Moscow, it was the first visit of an EU High Representative since 2012. I had a long meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, to discuss openly our disagreements – starting with the conflict in eastern Ukraine – but also, and constructively, the many issues where Russia and the European Union can find fertile ground for cooperation: from Syria to Libya, from the Middle East to the nuclear deal with Iran, from Afghanistan to the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, from the fight against terrorism to climate change, and our bilateral relations in many sectors. Here are the videos of my press conference with Lavrov (my opening remarks and the Q&A with journalists), here today’s interview to Interfax. In Beijing, last week, I met – among others – Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Defence Minister Chang Wanquan. With State Councillor Yang Jiechi I co-chaired the seventh EU-China Strategic Dialogue, ahead of the...