High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has called on Russia to reconsider its decision to expel three diplomats from the Swedish, Polish, and German embassies from Russia. It was reported by The European External Action Service.
"During my meeting earlier today with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, I learned that three European diplomats are going to be expelled from Russia. I strongly condemned this decision and rejected the allegations that they conducted activities incompatible with their status as foreign diplomats," Borrell said.
He also called on the Russian authorities to reconsider this decision. In addition, the chief European diplomat stressed the European Union’s unity and solidarity with the Member States concerned.
Earlier, Russia expelled three diplomats from the Swedish, Polish, and German embassies from its territory for participating in unauthorized protests on January 23.
Meanwhile, Borrell also believes that there are many disagreements in the relations of Europe and Russia, including the position toward the situation in Ukraine.
“Our relations have been deteriorating during the past ten years, particularly, after the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia in 2014 and it is characterized by lack of confidence. Today, in fact, we perceive each other as rivals and competitors, not as partners. We have significant disagreements concerning the conflicts directly at our borders – from Ukraine and Belarus to Libya and Syria, and concerning the rights and freedoms of a human,” Borrell noted.