The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, described relations with Russia following his visit to Moscow. This is stated in a message on the website of the European Foreign Policy Service (EMU).
According to him, Europe's relations with Russia are far from satisfactory. Nevertheless, Borrell called for leaving open diplomatic channels for “de-escalation of crises and incidents and for direct exchange of views, transmission of firm and frank messages.”
Borrell promised to inform EU colleagues of the outcome of his visit to the Foreign Affairs Council on February 22, where a special discussion of EU-Russia relations will be held ahead of the strategic debate at the March European Council.
Borrell was on a visit to Russia from 4 to 6 February. At this time, he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as well as representatives of Russian public organizations.
On January 29, the head of European diplomacy assessed the relations of the European Union with Russia as one of the most difficult. At the same time, in some areas the parties do cooperate and should cooperate even more, he added.