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EU High Representative’s Visit To Moscow Unveiled Hypocrisy Of European Diplomacy

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EU High Representative's Visit To Moscow Unveiled Hypocrisy Of European Diplomacy

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Illustrative image

Russia has recently welcomed an honored guest. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, went to Moscow for the first time in three years. In Russia, he held negotiations with a number of  high-ranked  business representatives and politicians, including the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov. Leaving Moscow, he announced the need to preserve diplomatic ties between the parties. But after returning to the EU, Borrell sharply changed his rhetoric, declaring potential sanctions and accusations against Russia. This inconsistency of European politics once again demonstrates the real intentions of those behind the diplomacy of the collective West towards Moscow.

Borrell’s visit to Moscow took place from 4-6 February. The main topics were the sentence to prison of Alexei Navalny and the declaration of some European diplomats persona non grata after they took part in unauthorized protests.

The Borrell’s visit ended on a rather positive note. At a press conference after the negotiations with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, he said that so far none of the EU countries had submitted proposals for sanctions against Russia in response to the sentence to Navalny and the dispersed unauthorized protests.

Despite the relations between the two sides being at the lowest possible level, the head of European diplomacy called for keeping diplomatic channels open “not only for de-escalating crises or incidents, but also for direct exchange of views, transmission of clear and frank messages, especially when relations are far from satisfactory. “

However, after returning to Europe, Borrell’s optimism disappeared. His assessment of the results of his visit to Moscow was strikingly different from what he said back in Russia.

Blaming Moscow for the current misunderstand, he said that “Russia is increasingly separating from Europe.” “The Russian authorities did not want to take this opportunity for a more constructive dialogue with the EU. This is regrettable and we have to think about the consequences, ” he wrote.

Borrell also added that the heads of the European foreign ministries at the next meeting on February 22 might decide to expand sanctions against Russia for violation of human rights.

His statements appear to have had a shocking effect on the Russian Foreign Ministry, which immediately commented on Borrell’s abrupt change of point of view.

“We were surprised to get acquainted with Borrell’s assessments of the results of the visit, they contrast strongly with his statements given at a press conference in Moscow,” the ministry said.

Adding that in Russia, Borrell “had an opportunity to immediately give his own assessment, which he did,” the Foreign Ministry said.  “No one limited him in time or format.”

Apparently, the highly respected EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has no freedom to independently choose a political course.It seems that after arriving in Brussels, he was explained  how the meeting with the Russians was supposed to be, and what conclusions he had to draw at its end.

“Perhaps, upon arrival in Brussels, the head of European diplomacy was explained what accents he had to do, but then this only confirms how and by whom the EU policy is actually formed,” the Russian Foreign Ministry concluded.

The visit of the European diplomat was not aimed at improving relations with Russia and establishing any dialogue. Under the ridiculous pretext of protecting the rights of the unfortunate Navalny, finally convicted according to Russian law, and amid the hype around the protests in Moscow that is also actively supported  by the Western media, the puppet Europe is once again trying to introduce another package of sanctions against Moscow. Neither a normal dialogue nor improvement of relations between Russia and the European Union can be expected, while this is not in the interests of the new Biden administration in the United States.

Moscow, in turn, is surprisingly tough and promptly reacting to the policy of the collective West. Russian diplomacy began to speak openly and strictly with its Western partners, calling things by their proper names, consistently demonstrating that they would not allow them any interference in the country’s domestic affairs and will staunchly resist any pressure.

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