EU’s new foreign affairs chief will focus on Balkans and EU eastern neighbours

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The European Union’s incoming foreign affairs chief said on Monday he would focus on the Balkans and Europe’s eastern neighbours, while urging the bloc to stand firm on sanctions against Russia.

Josep Borrell, the Spanish foreign minister set to take over next month as the EU’s foreign policy high representative, told a confirmation hearing at the European Parliament that the best way to tackle Russian “expansionism” was to support countries like Ukraine on their path to democracy and prosperity.

The EU has punishing economic sanctions in place against Russia over its annexation of Crimea and its role in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Via Al Jazeera 

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