On October 30, Moscow held consultations of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation A.V. Grushko and the Director General of Foreign Policy (Political Director) of the Portuguese Foreign Ministry M.Fischer.
Both sides expressed interest in the constructive development of Russian-Portuguese relations, deepening political dialogue, expanding trade and economic relations and further improvement of the bilateral legal framework.
In view of the Portugal's presidency in the first half of 2021, the EU Council had a frank and detailed conversation about the reasons why Russia and the European Union brought the current relationship to the deep crisis. The Russian side emphasized interest in bilateral cooperation with EU countries, which show a willingness to cooperate pragmatic with equality and mutual respect. The importance of continuing efforts to preserve arms control regimes and build an effective system of European security was noted.
In this context, the problem of Russia-NATO relations, the situation in the OSCE and the Council of Europe was addressed. There was also an exchange of views on the situation in the Mediterranean, Belarus and Ukraine, the Libyan and Syrian settlement, the Karabakh conflict, the situation in Venezuela, other key topics of the international agenda of the mutual interest.