European Council President Charles Michel expresses confidence in High Representative Josep Borrell and stresses that Russia's aggressive stance during the High Representative's visit shows that Russia is not interested in dialogue.
European Council President Charles Michel met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine today and announced that he intends to travel to Ukraine and Georgia in March to emphasize the EU's position on supporting sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as recovery. and reform.
According to a spokesman for the President, relations between the two countries were also discussed.
President Michel's spokesman also noted that High Representative Borrell traveled to Moscow last week to discuss EU-Russia relations and to emphasize the EU's immediate position on Navalny's situation.
He says the EU is united in its call for the immediate release of Alexei Navalny and for a transparent investigation into the attack on his life. Navalny's rights must be fully respected, he added.
“Russia's aggressive stance during the High Representative's visit shows that Russia is not interested in dialogue even in areas where co-operation could be of mutual – or global – interest,” he said.
According to him, President Michel also condemns the deportation of the three EU diplomats.
He stressed that the EU would not be intimidated.
Charles Michel intends to put a debate on EU-Russia relations on the agenda of the European Council, while consulting with EU leaders to prepare for this debate.