EU to discuss possible sanctions against Russia at February 22 meeting of foreign ministers
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell called on the EU to “ensure its unity and solidarity in the face of Russia
In the February 4-6 meeting of the European Parliament on his visit to Russia.
“We will discuss relations with Russia at the February 22 meeting of foreign ministers and at the summit in March. New measures may include sanctions. I will make specific proposals using my right of legislative initiative,” he said. Borrell called on the EU to “ensure its unity and solidarity in the face of Russia.”
“I will continue to fight to maintain the open diplomatic contacts that are necessary to promote fundamental freedoms and human rights,” Borrel said, and promised to also seek “the protection of [Alexei] Navalny, convicted of embezzlement, from prosecution.” “We cannot reduce diplomacy to my written statements from a safe office in the Berlemont building (the residence of the European Commission – note TASS) in Brussels, we must voice our statements face to face and do it on the spot,” the European diplomacy chief added.