Polish, German and Swedish diplomatic representatives, who took part in protests not approved by the authorities over Alexei Navalny, were declared unwanted and left the Russian Federation. Foreign Minister Josep Borrell called the decision of the Russian Federation to expel these European diplomats aggressive.
He expressed this opinion in an interview with the French TV channel France 24.
The Kremlin's decision to expel diplomats from the country Borrell was informed during his visit to Moscow. In an interview with reporters, he noted, that with his trip he wanted to check relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union, but, according to the head of the European diplomatic department, "Faced with aggression".
Russia chose aggression, expelling European diplomats during the visit, which is contrary to any diplomatic behavior.
– says Josep Borrell.
The head of European diplomacy considers, that his trip to the Russian Federation was "unsuccessful".
Expulsion of diplomatic representatives of Poland, Germany and Sweden were announced 5 February, one day after Borrel arrived in Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov approves, that the coincidence of the date of this decision with the visit of the head of the EU Foreign Office was completely accidental.
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