“Last night, together with other counterpart ministers, we had a meeting with the representatives of Navalny’s team and we discussed the human rights situation in Russia, about the adoption of new human rights sanctions. We also discussed how the EU can better support Russia’s civil, democratic society. My view is that the EU needs to step up its support for civil society (…) Today, we will also discuss the EU-Russia relationship in the context of Josep Borrell’s recent visit to Moscow. This visit was a turning point for us. It is clear that the EU needs to re-evaluate its relationship with Russia. (…) This visit showed that, unfortunately, Russia is not open to a normal relationship with the EU. On the contrary, he has an increasingly assertive attitude “, the minister declared, at the arrival of the summit.
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– Bogdan Aurescu (@BogdanAurescu) February 22, 2021
Aurescu said that discussions with his counterparts in the Member States show that there is a “large majority” in favor of imposing new sanctions on the Kremlin, the Romanian foreign minister added that, in the long term, EU countries need to be united and cooperate. better, including with strategic partners the US and the UK.
The minister also said that a strategic approach to relations with Russia is needed.
The discussion on EU relations with Russia takes place in the context of the visit of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, to Moscow (5-6 February 2021) and in preparation for the European Council debates on 25-26 March 2021.
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