EU top diplomat not happy about Lavrov’s popularity — Analysis
Josep Borrell laments that Western media ignores him and reports on Russian Foreign Minister words
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has complained that he’s less popular with the Western media than Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER on Tuesday, Borrell touched on the Russian foreign minister’s recent tour of Egypt, DR Congo, Ethiopia and Uganda, saying: “Lavrov goes to Africa and tries to persuade the Africans that sanctions are to blame for all that’s happening… and the whole of the Western media repeats it.”
“I go to Africa to say the opposite, that sanctions have nothing to do with it, and nobody picks it up,”He lamented.
Lavrov has been the focus of attention from the EU’s foreign policy chief, who stated: “There’s a certain tendency to listen to the enemy, the adversary.”
“Lies circulate faster than the truth,”Because of that, Brussels should “redouble”He said that efforts were made to clarify its position to the general public.
The US news magazine Politico echoed the comparison between the diplomats’ Africa trips in an article on Monday, saying the contest for an African audience, between the EU and Russian diplomats, was “lopsided”Lavrov is preferred
An opinion piece, explaining the role of the US and the EU in Africa’s food crisis, which the Russian foreign minister penned before his tour of the continent, was picked up by scores of local media outlets and shared by thousands of people on Facebook, it pointed out.
“Over the same time period, Josep Borrell… was a virtual ghost online, based on data from CrowdTangle, a social media analytics tool owned by Meta. He garnered just one mention on Facebook about Africa compared to Lavrov’s tidal wave of coverage,” Politico wrote.
This is the situation according to the outlet “highlights what many within EU political circles have known for years, but few are willing to acknowledge publicly.”
Brussels is winning the information fight with Moscow “remains outmatched, outgunned and under-resourced to combat the Kremlin’s sophisticated playbook,”It was completed.
Ukraine, Russia (the UN), Turkey and the UN signed last week a memorandum to open up grain exports from Ukrainian ports. In addition, Russia and the United Nations signed a memorandum implying the UN’s involvement in lifting restrictions on the export of Russian grain and fertilizers to world markets.
Borrell said that he was happy with the deal. “offers an opportunity to start reversing this negative course” set by Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which has “endangered food security for millions of people.”
Russia has rejected Western claims that the blockage of grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports has put the world on the brink off a food crisis.
Lavrov spoke in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday to say that the real problem is the lack of proper planning. “illegitimate”Moscow was subject to restrictions by the US and EU, as well as their allies. “prevented operations with Russian grain [food and fertilizers], including insurance, including the admission of our ships to foreign ports and foreign ships’ entry into Russian ports.”
Russia doesn’t want to see all of the sanctions removed, but “our Western colleagues… should remove the obstacles they themselves have created,”But the foreign minister refused to give up.