EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel confused Russia and Turkey during his speech on Wednesday in the European Parliament on relations between Brussels and Moscow.
At the beginning of his speech at the hearing, he recalled the importance of such topics as the situation on the border of Russia with Ukraine, the diplomatic conflict with the Czech Republic, and the situation around Alexei Navalny, but accidentally misspoke, mentioning relations with Ankara in this context.
вЂњ[The development of] our relations with Turkey shows that as a result of these three events, our relations with Russia continue to deteriorate, вЂњ Borrel said.
Despite the gaffe, the head of EU diplomacy continued his speech without correcting himself.
During the same speech, Borrel called on the countries of the union to prepare for difficult relations with Moscow. According to him, Russia itself complicates the situation by conducting disinformation campaigns.
Earlier, the official representative of the European Union's foreign policy service, Peter Stano, said that a full-fledged high-level dialogue between the European Union and the Russian Federation will be possible only when the provisions of the Minsk Agreements on Ukraine are fully implemented.
Thus, he answered the question of whether dialogue between the Russian Federation and the EU on security issues is possible after the statement of the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrel about the вЂњsubversive activitiesвЂќ of the Russian state on the territory of European countries.