The European Parliament has condemned the expulsion of three EU ambassadors from Russia for working against international agreements signed by the Kremlin. The European Parliament calls on European countries to show solidarity behind Germany, Poland and Sweden and to reconsider the Union’s strategy on relations with Russia.
“We strongly condemn the recent decision of the Russian Federation to expel the three EU ambassadors to Germany, Poland and Sweden. Allows to report
We therefore urge the Russian Federation to respect international law and reconsider its decision. Failure to do so would be another sign of the Russian Federation’s willingness to ignore its international obligations.
We call on all EU member states to show maximum solidarity with Germany, Poland and Sweden and to take all appropriate measures to show the unity and strength of our Union.
We reiterate the call of the European Parliament for a new strategy for EU relations with Russia, centered on the support of civil society for the promotion of democratic values, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and human rights.
In view of this, we welcome the intention of the Vice President of the European Commission / High Representative on Foreign and Security Policy, Joseph Borel, to discuss Russia-EU relations with EU member states on foreign affairs with commitment. The Council’s adoption of new sanctions on February 22 must be, in appropriate places, within the framework of the latest EU-sanctioned sanctions for non-compliance with human rights, “said EU-Russia-led MEP Relations.
Russia has announced three ambassadors from Sweden, Poland and Germany who took part in demonstrations in support of Alexei Navalny on January 23.
Joseph Borel, the head of European diplomacy, discovered the news during his visit to Moscow and called for a “re-evaluation” of the decision.
Russia has defended its decision to expel European diplomats, while promising to “develop” its relations with the EU. The Kremlin indicates that if “interruption” occurs, it will continue to do so in the future.
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Author: Alexandru Costia