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Logar: EU needs unity in sanctions against Russia

Slovenian Foreign Minister Ance Logar said on Monday during a meeting of EU foreign ministers that the EU should be united in its stance on Russia.

EU ministers reached a political agreement to introduce sanctions against those responsible for the arrest and imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Logar said at the meeting in Brussels that it was important to maintain dialogue with Russia in terms of the content of common interests, adding that the EU needed to make a strategic reflection in the context of future relations with Russia.

Another key topic was the virtual talks with the new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in which the Slovenian Minister stressed addressing the current global challenges in close trans-Atlantic cooperation.

Logar also stressed the need to strengthen cyber stability and security, including in light of the priorities of the Slovenian presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of the year, as well as the importance of co-operation in the Western Balkans.

In his speech to Slovenian journalists in Brussels later, Logar said Blinken had expressed the desire for a more active dialogue in the Western Balkans and the US belief that the six countries should be provided with European perspectives taking into account the strategic aSPECT

Prior to the meeting, Logar and his other EU foreign ministers attended a dinner with representatives of the Russian opposition and Navalny Leonid Volkov’s close aide, as well as an informal breakfast with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda.

On the occasion of the session, Logar held a bilateral meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry announced.

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