Josep Borrell, head of the European Union diplomacy, justified his visit to Russia after being criticized by members of the European Parliament. He was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
The diplomat recalled that various delegations from European Union member states visited Russia 19 times over the past two years.
“So, my colleagues can go, but I can’t? <...> I don’t think it was wrong to go,” Borrel said.
He also said that his visit would make “some positive points. The diplomat admitted, however, that things “could have been better.
Borrel’s visit to Moscow was carried out on February 4-6. During the final press conference after discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, he said that the EU may impose new sanctions against Russia. Lavrov, in turn, pointed out to Borrell that the EU was responsible for ruining relations with Russia.
After the visit, the EU diplomat said that Russia showed its disinterest in restoring relations with the European Union. He also announced his intention to propose new sanctions against Russia.