Posted on Feb 05, 2021
Never the amicable host, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, called the EU an “unreliable partner” and accused European leaders of lying about opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s poisoning.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, making what might be regarded as an unwise visit to Moscow, was clearly unprepared for what was an ambush as Kremlin media outlet Sputnik tricked him into condemning the US embargo on Cuba.
“You know that the European Union rejects the US embargo to Cuba and we continue to express this also vis-à-vis the new US administration. We expect the US administration to review its position with respect to Cuba,” Borrell said, handing the Kremlin a PR coup.
“Here we have converging views with the European Union,” Lavrov announced with smug satisfaction.
However, never one for displays of Magnanimity, Lavrov twisted the knife still further: “We are getting used to the fact that the European Union are trying to impose unilateral restrictions, illegitimate restrictions and we proceed from the assumption at this stage that the European Union is an unreliable partner. I hope that the strategic review that will take place soon will focus on the key interests of the European Union and that these talks will help to make our contacts more constructive.”
As expected, Lavrov outplayed Borrell. Speaking in football terms, Lavrov was scoring goal after goal … and Borrell was missing them all. No defence and no attack.
Following the meeting, Lavrov administered the coup de grâce with a flourish, expelling three EU diplomats, from Germany, Poland and Sweden — for allegedly attending demonstrations in support of Navalny!
Image: RUSSIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY HANDOUT
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