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2019.11.26 16:00

Macron wrong to appoint Russia-envoy, says Lithuanian presidential aide

BNS2019.11.26 16:00

French president's decision to appoint an EU envoy to Russia does not reflect the union's position, according to Lithuanian president's adviser.

"I'd say this is perhaps France's envoy for relations with Russia, rather than EU's as a whole, because the appointment [...] requires approval from all EU leaders," Asta Skaisgirytė told the Žinių Radijas radio on Tuesday morning.

French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier this month that he would like to improve relations with Russia, and had already sent Henri Verdier, the French ambassador for digital affairs, to Moscow to discuss prospects for cooperation.

According to Skaisgirytė, it only makes sense to talk with Russia if the goal is to "get Russia back onto the path of international law" and make it "withdraw its troops from the occupied, annexed territories".

If the only goal of such talks is "to sell more goods to the Russians," leaving international rules up to them, "then this is a path that is bound to fail", she said.

Bloomberg reported last Friday that the job of special envoy would be given to Pierre Vimont, France's former ambassador to the US. Macron believes that it is necessary to cooperate with Russia in cyber security and defence, according to the news agency.

Macron said earlier this month that he would like to improve relations with Russia.