MOSCOW, April 24 The European Union's top
diplomat said on Monday that the bloc wanted better ties with
Russia but could not pretend Moscow did not annex Ukraine's
Crimea in 2014 and that EU sanctions would stay in place.
Federica Mogherini, on her first official visit to Moscow in
her current role as the EU's foreign policy chief, said there
was no point in pretending that there were not still real
problems in relations between Russia and the EU.
Mogherini was speaking at a new conference in Moscow after
holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin/Jack Stubbs; Editing by Andrew