Russian authorities aim to discredit and disintegrate EU: Polish diplomat

It is necessary to strengthen the best practice of consulting and formulating our Eastern European policy within the European Union, Andrzej Sadoś, the Polish envoy to the EU wrote in an op-ed for the EurActiv news website, referring to the recent visit of Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Moscow.

“The visit further revealed the truth about the Russian Federation’s attitude, which so far has been consistently neglected by the EU institutions. Russian authorities aim to discredit and disintegrate our Union as well as the unity of our Western alliances,” Mr Sadoś wrote in his article.

In his opinion, the way to respond to Moscow’s confrontational politics is discontinuation of the Nord Stream 2 project. “This would be a clear and unequivocal consequence of outrageous statements made by the representative of Russian authorities about the EU in general and about the individual member states,” he wrote.

“Reaping the benefits from the NS2 will be a blow to Russia’s civil society and the efforts of Alexei Navalny, who shed light on what the money from the sale of Russian raw materials is used for. Profits made with the NS2 will strengthen the capacity of Moscow’s repressive apparatus,” Mr Sadoś emphasised.

“Personal sanctions imposed on several people will in no way change Russia’s policy, which is why a more effective sanction policy is being discussed and called for. We will continue to strive for their rapid implementation in response to the sentencing of Alexei Navalny,” the Polish diplomat wrote.

“We witnessed the disregard for this voice prior to the visit [of Mr Borrell] to Moscow. It can also be seen in a number of other issues, mainly those related to the consequences of insisting on completing the NS2,” Mr Sadoś added.

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