German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that Germany’s policy regarding Ukraine and Russia will be one of the priorities for his country during the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

According to him, there is “minimal consensus” within the European Union on the policy vis-à-vis Russia; it includes, among other things, the regular extension of sanctions, reports DW.

“I believe that we need more. Therefore, we want to prepare for the time when we could again talk more intensively about strategic relations with Russia. I think this requires preparations. Therefore, this is a topic that we will deal with as part of our presidency of the Council of the EU,” – he said.