EU foreign ministers talk amid uproar over Ukraine , Navalny
BRUSSELS: European Union foreign ministers on Monday (Apr 19) were assessing the bloc's strategy toward Russia in the wake of the military buildup ...
WorldA woman waves a European Union flag in front of Russian Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Apr 18, 2021. (Photo: AP/Petr David Josek)19 Apr 2021 06:29PMShare this contentBookmarkBRUSSELS: European Union foreign ministers on Monday (Apr 19) were assessing the bloc's strategy toward Russia in the wake of the military buildup on Ukraine's borders and amid the weakening health of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
On top of that, the diplomatic standoff between EU member state the Czech Republic and Russia over tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions following Prague's accusation that Moscow was involved in a 2014 ammunition depot explosion, is adding further tension between both sides.
AdvertisementAdvertisementDiplomats said there was little to no chance of immediate new sanctions on Moscow, but they will seek to apply pressure nevertheless. In Germany, some politicians have called for an end to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russia. headtopics.com
And over the weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron said that while dialogue with Russia is essential, “clear red lines” carrying possible sanctions must also be drawn with Moscow over Ukraine.EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell already criticised the Kremlin for its arrest and treatment of Navalny on Sunday and insisted he should have access to medical professionals he trusts.
“All in all, the relations with Russia, are not improving, but the contrary, the tension is increasing in different fronts,” Borrell said in a statement ahead of Monday's meeting.AdvertisementAdvertisement Read more: CNA »