Top EU Diplomat on Moscow Mishaps "I Should Have Indulged My Desire To Argue a Little More"

The EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, was made to look foolish by Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov during a recent press conference. In an interview, he explains why he didn't fight back harder.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell: "push back, contain and engage"

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell: "push back, contain and engage"

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Kevin Faingnaert / DER SPIEGEL

DER SPIEGEL 9/2021
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Josep Borrell during his interview with DER SPIEGEL at the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels.

Josep Borrell during his interview with DER SPIEGEL at the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes a dip in icey waters in January: "There are geopolitical considerations."

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes a dip in icey waters in January: "There are geopolitical considerations."

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