Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis believes that without the arrival of the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell to Russia, there would be no decision on sanctions.
The visit of the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell to Moscow earlier this month was both humiliation and success. This was stated in an interview Radio Svoboda 28 February Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.
“I think it was still a humiliation. On the other hand, I also think that this visit was a success. Because without this visit, I think now there would be no decision on sanctions,” he said.
Landsbergis added that the EU should not “be in the position of the one who asks for dialogue.”despite the desire to negotiate with Russia.
“This is not constructive. Obviously they do not need such a dialogue. They do not want to talk. There are topics on which [глава МИД России Сергей] Lavrov loves to talk. And there are topics like Ukraine, [российского оппозиционера] Navalny or [лидера белорусской оппозиции] Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, about whom he does not want to talk. If so, this is not a discussion. You just agree to come and listen to what the other side has to say to you. And discussion is when you speak – both you and the other side. Therefore, I would wait until Russia wants to talk, “the minister stressed.
Brussels, according to the minister, drew conclusions after Borrell’s visit to Moscow.
Borrell visited Moscow on February 4-6. Following the dialogue with Lavrov, the European official said that Brussels could initiate new sanctions against Russia, in particular due to the poisoning and the subsequent imprisonment of Navalny. The diplomat noted that Russia is not interested in improving relations with Brussels. Borrell also said that “insisted on respecting the territorial integrity” of Ukraine.
MEP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel called this visit “a disaster”.
Lavrov, after Borrell’s visit, said that Russia ready to break off relations with the European Unionif it happens at the initiative of the EU. At the German Foreign Ministry named Lavrov’s statement discouraging and incomprehensible. According to the spokesman for the EU foreign policy Peter Stano, the Russian Federation thus makes it clear that not ready for mutually beneficial cooperation and dialogue.
They want to discuss the issue of relations with Russia on February 22 at a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU countries and in March at a summit of the EU leadership.