Press briefing of Jean Asselborn on the Diplomatic Conference

Affaires etrangeres

At a press conference on April 28, 2014, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn took stock of the Diplomatic Conference, which was held from 22 to 24 April 2014 in Luxembourg.  The traditional diplomatic Conference brings together every two years the heads of diplomatic and consular mission of Luxembourg and the directors of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia were also discussed at the Diplomatic Conference. In this context, the Minister Asselborn said that «trust between the EU and Russia has been replaced by mistrust». It is important not to trivialize certain statements, including that of Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Jazenjuk, about the possibility of a «Third World War». «We must do everything so that diplomatic means have effect. [ ... ] It would be difficult to guarantee stability in Europe, if the coming years and decades will be marked by hatred, fear between the European Union and Russia.  «The 20th century, with its walls and barbed wire, must not repeat in the 21st century».