The EU Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg approved a report by the Lithuanian MP, Andrius Kubilius, calling on the EU authorities to review relations with Russia, TASS reports.
In total, 494 deputies voted in favour of the new document, 103 against it, and 72 abstained from voting. It is specified that the document contains a recommendation for the EU authorities, together with the member states, to “review the EU policy towards Russia […] and develop a comprehensive EU strategy towards the Russian Federation”.
In particular, the author of the document claims that the EU should “counteract the threat to security”, “fight Russia’s interference in the affairs of the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries”, and conduct a “selective dialogue with the Kremlin”. The report also says that the EU countries should “be ready not to recognize the results of the upcoming State Duma elections “if violations of democratic procedures and international law” are found.
The document also recommends that the EU “strengthen cooperation with the United States” and other partners in order to establish a global alliance for the defence of democracy”. According to Kubilius, the EU agenda should “resist the attempts of Russia and China to destabilize the European order”.
According to the press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, approval of such a report by the EU Parliament is “regrettable”.
“The essence of this document can only cause regret. Unfortunately, there is no talk about the need to establish a dialogue, about the need to solve existing problems and disagreements through communication at various levels and through various channels. The only thing that can be discounted is that this is a document that is exclusively advisory in nature,” concluded Peskov.