DECRYPTION – The silence of Europeans over the weekend demonstrates once again how the capitals differ on how to approach the Russian question.
There was little rush this weekend in Brussels to comment on the latest provocations from the Kremlin and the humiliations inflicted on High Representative Josep Borrell during his trip to Moscow. In particular, the rather undiplomatic formulas of the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, with regard to the EU or the announcement of the dismissal of three European diplomats – a German, a Pole and a Swedish – accused of taking part on January 23 in demonstrations in favor of the opponent Alexeï Navalny.
Despite this fiasco, the head of EU diplomacy again justified his initiative on Saturday. “Diplomatic channels must remain open, not only to defuse crises or incidents, but to organize direct exchanges, deliver firm and frank messages, especially when relations are far from satisfactory. I will report to my EU colleagues on the results of my visit to the Foreign Affairs Council on 22 February,
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