At the same time, Josep Borrell stressed that by themselves, the constraints are not policy and you need to seek a balance of interests between the two parties
BERLIN, 2 December. /TASS/. The new high representative of the Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Josep Borrell believes that there is no reason to abandon sanctions against Russia, “not getting anything in response” from Moscow. With this statement he made in a Sunday interview to the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“Sanctions against Russia in force, was a good reason for this (their introduction approx. TASS). There is no reason to cancel them, without having to answer for it from Moscow,” said Borrell. At the same time, he stressed that, “of course, sanctions in themselves are not policy”, and stated its intention to seek a balance of interests in relations with Russia.
Speaking of restrictive measures against Moscow, Borrell pointed to the fact that, for example, in Venezuela, “the us sanctions do not solve problems, but also affect the population” of the country. “It is a humanitarian crisis,” he added.
In 2014, the EU imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with events in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. Restrictive measures has been repeatedly expanded and extended. Was suspended talks on visa-free regime and on a new basic agreement on cooperation, a ban on entry into EU countries for officials from Russia and frozen their assets, the restrictive measures imposed trade, financial and military. In response, Russia imposed a ban on imports from EU countries of a number of food products.