EU chief’s Moscow humiliation is sign of bloc disunity on Russia, say experts

MEPs and diplomats say Josep Borrell was outplayed by Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov

More European sanctions on Russia may be announced next week, but not even the humiliation of the EU’s foreign policy chief on a visit to Moscow last week looks likely to sharpen the bloc’s woefully divided policy towards the Kremlin, analysts say.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, has come under heavy fire from MEPs, diplomats and observers this week who mostly saw him as having been embarrassingly outplayed by Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

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