Russia Accepted Borrell And His Criticism Of The Navani Incident And Expelled Three European Diplomats
2021-02-05 | by CusiGO
This is a complete statement of intent. Russia hosted Josep Borel, the European Union’s high representative for foreign policy, in Moscow and expelled three European diplomats (from Germany, Poland and Sweden) who were accused of participating in the protest in support of Alexei navalny. The controversial condemnation of the main opposition leaders and the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations is a matter of severe criticism from Brussels, and some member states point out that this does not seem to be the best time for Borrell to visit Moscow. This is an opportunity for Russia to make it clear that it does not appreciate anyone interfering in its affairs.
The European foreign minister praised Russia for releasing the latest vaccine data against Sputnik V coronavirus, which is a pioneer of Kremlin geopolitics, and expressed the hope that the European drug administration will verify this data soon. He hoped to re-establish relations with Russia, which is a strategic partner, But he also scoffed at Moscow’s verdict on the activist. But for now, there are no new sanctions on the table. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the “arrogance” of the West on the issue of civil repression. Although he said Russia was willing to “take a constructive road”, he believed that the EU “is not a reliable partner”. In the atmosphere of friction between the two groups, the announcement of the three diplomats as unwelcome has always been the most striking.
Borrell was deported by Russian media while having lunch with Lavrov. The news, which was due to be released on Monday, was leaked during the first visit to Moscow by European foreign ministers since 2017, which coincided with tensions in the navani case. The EU high representative was “very angry” with the measure, which caught him off guard. “The decision has to be reconsidered,” Borrell told reporters. The European official assured Lavrov that he “refuted and rejected” the foreign officials’ accusations, stressing that the conventions allowed them to observe demonstrations. “It doesn’t contradict his diplomatic status,” he said.
Russia issued a statement calling diplomats’ participation in the protests “unacceptable and inappropriate for their diplomatic status.”. Moscow already accused the west of interfering on Tuesday, when two weeks of foreign envoys attended the trial of navarni as observers. Russia’s decision is likely to trigger further unrest within the EU. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, defined expulsion as “unreasonable” and her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, urged Moscow to reconsider it. “There won’t be no answer,” he insisted.
While Borrell was talking to Lavrov, navani appeared in the glass cell of a Moscow court, the second time in a week in a number of court proceedings he faced. This time, he was accused of slandering a veteran for commenting on a video on social media calling for a vote in Russia’s constitutional referendum last July, a legal reform that reinforces the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin will remain in power.
This case is likely to further increase the verdict on navani. On Tuesday, the activist returned to Moscow from Germany on January 17, where he recovered from poisoning in Siberia this summer and was almost killed. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison (of which he will serve two years and eight months) for a case sentenced four years ago. The European Court of human rights considered this “arbitrary and unjust”.
“My visit coincided with the arrest and conviction of Alexei navarni and the arrest of thousands of demonstrators,” Borrell said at a press conference with the Russian Foreign Minister. The focus of Russia Europe talks is on the case of opponents. The foreign minister called on Moscow to release him and said the EU was “deeply concerned” about the case of the anti-corruption activist. Navarni’s situation focused on the Russian European talks and most of Borrell’s visit. The high representative did not plan to meet navani, although one of his staff met with his lawyer.
Borrell also stressed that Russia must investigate the poisoning of the activist. First, a military laboratory in Germany, then a military laboratory in France, Sweden and the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW), found that it had been attacked by neurotoxins from the novechock family of the former Soviet Union. Moscow not only denies all the charges, but also guarantees that Germany has not provided any evidence of the case to its experts.
In a tense hearing, Borrell praised Moscow’s satellite V vaccine and “Russia’s scientific capabilities” after publishing data on the immune effectiveness of coronavirus in a famous scientific journal. However, Borrell was recognized by his Russian counterparts. “This is good news for all mankind,” said the European foreign minister, stressing that he hoped the European Medicines Administration (EMA) would soon approve the plan to provide more vaccines in the EU vaccine portfolio. “As you know, we are facing a shortage of vaccines. If there are other sources of supply, please come.”
However, the gamaleya Institute, which designed the vaccine, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (rdif), which funded the vaccine, have not yet applied for approval from European regulators and are in the first stage of “scientific proposal”, It aims to guide companies to prepare the necessary requirements if they want to get a green light for drugs in the EU.
Despite the tension and escalation of the situation, the European foreign minister also pointed out that Brussels did not immediately plan to impose new sanctions on Russia, which was the pressure of the Baltic countries and Poland. These countries strongly criticized the visit to Moscow, and in the recent history, they “took the initiative” to impose new sanctions on Russia Fundamental differences and distrust. ” “Building a wall of silence is not an option,” Borel said.
Last October, the European Union put six senior Russian officials on the sanctions list, all from the Russian presidential circle, in response to the Kremlin’s poisoning of navani. Brussels stressed that the use of novechok, a Soviet made military neurotoxin, and the fact that the Russian secret service has been following the opposition for years make it impossible to assume that the Kremlin does not know. Moscow denied involvement.
This incident has intensified the confrontation and sanctions against Russia in Europe for many years, because Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula in 2014, supported separatists in eastern Ukraine militarily and politically, and Russian spy Sergei skolipal poisoned British territory, After that, British intelligence confirmed Russia’s secret service.
On the possibility of further sanctions, Lavrov stressed that Russia hopes that Borrell’s visit and talks will help to establish a “more constructive track”, but Moscow has been used to measures without a legal basis. “Our lives are built on the fact that the EU is an unreliable partner, at least at this stage,” Russian officials said.
In a serious manner, Lavrov, at a hearing, both leaders talked about other issues – from Cuba to the restoration of tourism and Tourism – to avoid having elephants in the room, detained opponents, and Lavrov accused the European Union of “indecent words” in the navani case. They also oppose the Western practice, hold peaceful demonstrations in all parts of Russia and demand the release of the activist. The Russian foreign minister defended police actions in the March banned by the authorities and accused the United States and the European Union of adopting “double standards” in dealing with police abuse.
Lavrov prepared a video for Borrell, comparing the actions of Russian and Western Police during the March, to supplement the argument that neither Brussels nor Washington should teach a lesson in repression mobilization.