Kremlin hopes EU to refrain from linking relations to Navalny case
The Kremlin expects that the European Union won’t link the future of its relations with Russia to Alexey Navalny’s case, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"We hope that the future of Russia-EU relations won’t be linked to the remand prisoner’s case, which would be a stupid thing to do," he said, commenting on EU top diplomat Josep Borrell’s upcoming visit to Russia.
The Kremlin spokesman pointed out that the Russian authorities were looking forward to meeting with the EU top diplomat "because relations between Russia and the European Union are suspended for no reason."
"Moscow certainly would like relations to return to normal and progress in the interests of both EU countries and Russia. We are ready to do everything for that," TASS cited him as saying.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell will pay a visit to Moscow between February 4 and 6. The chief diplomat is planning to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the bilateral relations, measures to fight the pandemic, the Iranian nuclear deal, the conflict in Ukraine as well as Navalny’s arrest.