Simultaneously, he stressed that from Moscow's point of view, it is the West that is to blame for the deterioration in mutual relations. Lavrov dismissed the fears of some Western observers that Russia may intervene in the Bundestag election campaign, qualifying them as unfounded. When asked which title he, as an amateur poet, would giveto a poem on European-Russian relations, he replied “I would rather not respond. Maybe I would be using words that might not be appropriate for a poem.”
“Despite the alienation between Russia and the European Union, we are convinced that Russia belongs to Europe”, stated Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board of the Körber Foundation, explaining the reason for the Foundation’s commitment to revive an open, critical and constructive dialogue between Russia and its European neighbors.