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For whom was Borrell's mission in Russia a failure? [In Russian]
An interesting article from the head of Russian Institute of International Political and Economic Strategies, Yelena Panina.

She assumes that Borrell was staged to fail by "Euroatlantists". Her points are that the meeting was arranged a long time ago for improving the relations, but at last moment Navalnyi was pushed in to the agenda. And he was not told before that Russia was expelling diplomats even though it was known to at least those countries whose diplomats were expelled.

Once again, the U.S. has succeeded in pushing Europe away from the alignment of relations with Russia. This alignment is unacceptable to the U.S. right now - Biden is just entering the process and has not yet had time to prioritize things. Washington is demanding a veto over Europe's relations with Russia, and if not given easily, it will try to take it by force.

This does not work with Russia, but it does work with Europe, so Borrell goes to Russia, finds himself in an awkward position and has to justify himself. Europe cannot conduct diplomacy without the consent of the United States. From the US point of view, Europe's sovereignty is unacceptable, and Borrel's showdown in the European media should serve as further evidence of this.


She also makes the point that Russia is trying to deal with USA and EU separately, but at times the signals will get mixed. She assumes that is because EU so often acts on behalf of US.
by pelgus on Fri Feb 12th, 2021 at 01:42:37 PM EST
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