Calls for Borrell to Step Down After Moscow Visit Not Justified, Irish MEP Believes

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Jonathan Rowson – The mounting calls among European Union lawmakers for the bloc’s top diplomat Josep Borrell to resign over his recent trip to Moscow are not justified, Clare Daly, an Irish member of the European Parliament, told Sputnik in an interview.

“I don’t think we would have expected the scale of the opposition that has emerged”, Daly remarked.

The Irish member of the European Parliament noted, as did Borrell during his address to lawmakers, that the Council of the European Union approved the visit. Daly added that she did not support the calls for the diplomat to resign as a result of his trip to the Russian capital.

“I wouldn’t agree with any of them [European commissioners] and I’ve found Borrell to be particularly disappointing, but I wouldn’t have joined the calls for him to resign over his trip to Russia”, she stated.

Daly also said that there was rising anti-Russian sentiment in the European Parliament, driven by Eastern European lawmakers.

“In terms of the parliament though, there would be a huge amount of anti-Russian rhetoric, mainly from the Eastern European countries”, the EU lawmaker said.


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