EU is not an easy partner for diplomacy - Russia's permanent representative to EU
Despite all problems currently experienced by the European Union, there is no reason to believe that it may disintegrate or that the unified European currency will fall, Russia's permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told reporters in Brussels before the Diplomats' Day, which will be marked on Feb. 10.
"I think there are no grounds for such panic predictions. Yes, the European Union is not an easy partner. All my colleagues in Brussels - the Americans, the Japanese, and Canadians - are saying it is difficult to work with them. Yes, it's difficult," the diplomat said, reiterating that "we consider this work an important area of Russian diplomacy" despite these problems.
"It's difficult for us to have dealings with the EU. One of the reasons is that its internal evolution is accompanied by the creation of new instruments and new institutions. For example, if we take the European foreign policy service, its creation did not make things easier, although they are our permanent partners now," Chizhov said.
The diplomat believes this problem is due to the fact the EU foreign policy agency has still not been able to ensure full effectiveness of its work.
"Sometimes we have problems with the organization of events. Some problems are caused by the principle of consensus in decision-making, which is accepted in the EU. However, even when they [decisions] are made by a qualified majority, the reasonable-thinking part of the EU does not always manage to form this qualified majority," Chizhov said.
Speaking about cooperation plans, Chizhov said the heads of the Russian and European Commission governments will meet in Moscow in the second half of March. In summer, the 31st Russia-EU summit will be held in Russia. This year, Russia chairs the G20, and the EU is a full-fledged member of this group.
"Naturally, EU officials will take part in the G20 summit in early September. In addition, the EU is de facto is the ninth member of the G8, and Russia chairs the G8 in 2014. So the EU will be represented there. Naturally, this creates an additional burden on us and necessitates more work with information and our clients," Chizhov said.