Against the background of heightened tensions around Crimea and Donbas The European Union has offered to mediate between Russia and Ukraine. The representative of the European Commission said it on Monday, August 15, in Brussels, Deutsche Welle reports.
He left open what the role of mediator could be, but the main, he said, is to get the signal of stability of the situation.
On the same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Yekaterinburg, where he also discussed the escalation around Crimea.
"De-escalation and restraint are the first commandment for today", – Steinmeier said after a meeting.
Earlier, the supreme representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has confirmed that the EU does not recognize and condemns illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. According to her, the European Union and its Member States will constantly assess the situation, including at a meeting of the EU Political and Security Committee on Wednesday, August 17.