Borrell Defended His Trip To Moscow, But Admitted The Result Was “Not Very Good”

2021-02-09   |   by CusiGO

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s top foreign policy representative, did not attend the European Parliament on Tuesday. In fact, the foreign minister of Brussels appeared in a cold, empty, snowy circular hall in the center of Brussels. Borrell arrived in the European Parliament on Tuesday to defend his controversial visit to Moscow on Friday, which has been hit hard after a series of low-key beatings by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

However, Borrell could not deny this evidence and admitted that the result of his visit might be “bad”. He could have dealt with this issue “in a different way”, but only after hearing the criticism one by one from numerous members of the European Parliament on the podium. Many blame a trip they see as counterproductive, even humiliating, which puts Brussels in a weak position. A fairly noisy minority, mainly from the East, asked to resign. Some people, minorities, defended the actions of the high representative. In the final analysis, this split reflects different positions within the EU on Russia’s long-term predicament.

Borrell reiterated his role as the EU’s chief diplomat and talked about the need to maintain relations with Europe’s biggest neighbors, no matter how complex they may be. He wants to visit Russia at the height of tension in order to “express the position of the European Union face to face on issues of concern to us”, in particular with regard to the poisoning, prosecution and now conviction of opposition Alexei navani, as well as the suppression of Pro demonstrations across the country in protest.

He said that in Moscow, he encountered the reality of a “power structure”, which is wantonly descending on the “authoritarian road”. He did not want to talk about civil liberties or human rights. There he found, as he promised, “Russia is decoupling from Europe” because it sees “our liberal democracy as a threat to survival.”.

During his visit to Moscow, Borel learned through social media that three EU diplomats (from Germany, Poland and Sweden) had been deported for taking part in large-scale demonstrations in support of navarni in recent days. The three countries responded on Monday by expelling Russian diplomats. But Borrell’s lack of hardline attitude towards this gesture became one of the core arguments of the European Parliament, so that Catalan politicians finally retorted: “I (hear them) have a feeling that it’s me who expels diplomats! “,

However, in front of a rather deserted European Parliament, Borrell declared that “we inevitably have to talk to them,” but sometimes violent outbreaks can be heard, including protests by Catalan politicians fleeing to Belgium, who have been in line with Moscow’s position all week, After being indirectly defended by Lavrov, he took them as an example of the western countries’ “shameful remarks.” he said that the western countries are eager to teach Russia a lesson when their own countries have “politicized decisions.”.

“It’s time to talk about our position on the navani case in person,” Borel added, adding that he came to Russia with the strong support of the majority of the members of the Foreign Affairs Council where the ministers of the 27 member states are located. “It’s easier, more immobile, more comfortable and less risky to write statements in my office,” he said.

But according to him, the trip was not only necessary, but also had an impact on Russia: “you’re talking about disgrace, But rest assured that the Russian authorities are uncomfortable with “people in charge of European diplomacy coming to their capital” telling them face to face what we told them by letter.

He defended Borrell, such as Kati Piri, vice president of the Social Democratic Party of the Netherlands, accusing the European Union of failing to formulate a unified policy, Paris of trying to promote new dialogue with Moscow and Berlin, and keeping a low profile on Russia’s Nord Stream 2, which was resumed last year. Saturday.

When listening to the constant criticisms from members of the European Parliament, Borrell even admitted twice that things could have been done in different ways. “You can understand that the result [of the interview] is not good, and we certainly have to accept and admit that the explanation of the media and most people is that this is not the case,” he promised. The European foreign minister added that perhaps he should use another strategy to deal with Lavrov’s fierce public appearance in Russia, the trap of being framed: “from the overall assessment, he certainly should deal with this issue in a different way,” he said.

But Borrell has been defending his position. He said the press conference was not “a battle”, but a place to show and reiterate its position: “the European Union strongly opposes and condemns the attempt to assassinate Mr. navani, his trial and the suppression of civil society.” Borrell also recalled that the debate could turn into “a political crisis in which only the Kremlin benefits.”. He said the visit must first contribute to the establishment of “unity of European institutional action” from now on.

He said the relationship between the EU and Russia is “at a crossroads” and that the next Foreign Affairs Council and the European Council on March 27 will decide which way to take. Nothing is impossible. “It could mean sanctions,” Borrell said.

The Catalan movement also appeared at the hearing for Lavrov’s comments on convicted trial politicians in Spain. European Parliament member Carles puigdemont, who has fled to Belgium since 2017, is the number one person on the Catalan judges per Catalunya list, He repeated what he would say almost every time he spoke to the European Parliament, criticizing “the double standards adopted by the European Union,” which “undermines his global credibility as a defender of freedom.”.

Hermann tertsch, a member of the vox European Parliament, retorts that the comparison with navani is incorrect: “in Russia, they will be shot by coup makers.” Borrell also joined the national politics, denouncing the attempt to assimilate an individual who was “assassinated”, and was denounced “without reason and basis” as “a certain member of the European Parliament sitting in this house and his colleagues who ran freely in Catalonia”.