Brussels – As EU foreign ministers reached a political agreement on Monday to introduce sanctions against the persons responsible for the arrest and prison sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Slovenia’s Anže Logar pointed to the need for the EU to be united in its attitude towards Russia.
Logar said at the meeting in Brussels that it was important to maintain dialogue with Russia in terms of the content of joint interest and that the EU needed to make strategic reflection in the context of future relations with Russia.
Another major topic was a virtual talk with the US’s new Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in which the Slovenian minister emphasised the addressing of current global challenges in close trans-Atlantic cooperation.
Logar also pointed to the need to strengthen resilience and cyber security, including in the light of the priorities of the Slovenian presidency of the EU Council in the second half of the year, and to the importance of cooperation in the Western Balkans.
Speaking to Slovenian reporters in Brussels afterwards, Logar said that Blinken had expressed the wish for a more active dialogue in the Western Balkans and the belief of the US that all six countries needed to be provided with European prospects while taking into account the strategic aspect.
Before the meeting, Logar and his fellow EU foreign ministers attended a dinner with representatives of the Russian opposition and Navalny’s close aide Leonid Volkov, and an informal breakfast with International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
On the sidelines of the session, Logar held a bilateral meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said.