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Russia says EU top job nominations ‘bad’ for ties

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The European Union’s decision to re-appoint Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and make Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas the bloc’s top diplomat is “bad” for ties, the Kremlin said Friday.

“We do not think that European diplomacy will act in any way in terms of normalising relations. Prospects in terms of relations between Moscow and Brussels are bad,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Von der Leyen “is not a supporter of the normalisation of relations between the European Union and Russia,” Peskov said.

He also said Kallas was “known” for her “utterly implacable, sometimes even violent Russophobic statements”.

Von der Leyen, who has been in charge since 2019, was returned as European Commission president at an EU summit this week.

Kallas is on a Russian interior ministry “wanted” list over her alleged involvement in the destruction of Soviet-era memorials.

Source: AFP

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