Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said that European politicians themselves should not refuse dialogue with Russia.
“We should not arbitrarily destroy the platforms that we may need (for dialogue with Russia. – Approx. Ed.). Perhaps this is not the most popular thing, but if we have learned anything after February 24, it is that Wishful thinking is not the best way to carry out policy. The planet may not be what we want it to be,” the minister said.
According to the politician, Europe understands that there will be no return to the status quo before the Russian military operation, but Russia will remain and it will be necessary to interact with it in some way. At the same time, the diplomat added, now the main struggle is unfolding for “full independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
Schallenberg noted that “geography, history do not change” and Russia “remains the largest member of Europe” and “part of our culture.”