“We also exchanged on something that maybe you could refer to as systemic disagreements… which is the position of the European Union of not recognizing the annexation of Crimea – this is a principled position we are going to keep – not only the European Union but also other partners we have in the world,” Mogherini said.  

“For sure we have a different assessment of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea,” said the High Commissioner.

Read alsoEU considers Russia main threat to Black Sea region – envoy“But we have also on that crisis exchanged views on how we can move forward on an agreed road map, which is the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements by all sides both on the security and on the political aspects. And we believe in the European Union that this is even more urgent to do after the death of one of the OSCE monitors yesterday in the east of Ukraine,” Mogherini said.

She added that she had discussed with Mr Lavrov ways in which they “can work together more to guarantee full implementation of the Minsk Agreements by all sides and ways to put an end to the conflict in east of Ukraine.