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EU foreign chief: democracy far away in Russia, proposed sanctions

EU foreign chief Josep Borrell has tried to defend himself in the European Parliament against the criticism of his Russia trip. According to MEPs, the Spaniard allowed himself to be trumped and humiliated in Moscow last week. A petition for his resignation has been signed by dozens of members.

Borrell said he went out to see if the Russians could still repent. Among other things, he wanted to press for the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Borrell also wanted to pay him a visit, but the Russian Foreign Minister said he should submit a request to the court.

Borrell said sanctions against Russia could be the next step because a conversation is apparently no longer possible. Moscow, he says, has no interest in normalizing relations with the European Union.

The country is on a “worrying, authoritarian path” where democracy and the rule of law have no place, Borrell concludes. He further warned that the Russians are looking to divide Europe.

It is up to EU countries to determine whether or not there will actually be any new sanctions, Borrell said. The EU foreign ministers will discuss this on 22 February, with heads of state and government to follow in March.

EU foreign chief: democracy far away in Russia, proposed sanctions
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