High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph borrellHe said he would propose sanctions against EU leaders in the coming weeks.
Speaking at the European Parliament (EP), EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell suggested that the EU impose sanctions on Russia after his visit, which was highly critical of Russia.
“Russian government is taking an authoritarian path”
“The Russian government is taking an authoritarian path and is being brutal in Navalny’s case. It would be good if you planned the sanctions in advance. I will propose sanctions to combat disinformation and cyber attacks,” Borrell said.
“Member states will decide”
“These talks will show the way forward and the member states will decide what to do next. These decisions may include sanctions. Pre-planning sanctions. It would be good. At the initiative of the High Representative,” Borrell said. I will make concrete proposals using it, “he said.
Stressing the importance of maintaining official relations with Russia, despite the difficulties in the interests of the EU, Borrell argued that, above all, it is necessary to keep in touch with Russian society.
“Russia tried to divide us”
“Russia tried to divide us, but neither Ukraine nor human rights failed. That was one of the goals of my visit, but we must not fall into their trap,” Borrell said.
70 deputies from the EP demand the resignation of Borrell
Borrell visited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a few days after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in Russia, was sent to prison and demanded Navalny’s release.
During the meeting, three diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden were expelled for participating in pro-Naval rallies. Borrell’s failure to react to the deported diplomats at a news conference after his meeting with Lavrov was the focus of criticism.
“I learned on social media that three diplomats were deported,” Borrell said, adding that he had received information about the deported diplomats after meeting with Lavrov. (PUA)