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Belgium with the B of a Mediator?

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Belgium will, just as fifteen other European states, Russian diplomats reveal?

Will decide finally on how Belgium will react to the gifaanval that three weeks ago in the Uk, the Salisbury, the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal was committed.

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Will decide finally on how Belgium will react to the gifaanval that three weeks ago in the Uk, the Salisbury, the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal was committed.

One thing is already clear: Belgium points certainly no Russian diplomats for the European Union or for Nato to work. In the parliamentary Committee for European Affairs said prime minister Charles Michel this morning that several countries him that last week, at the European Summit, have asked. But he also said that there is no unanimity on existed. The European Council has, as far as is known, never explicitly to Belgium and asked to the Russian envoys at the international institutions in Brussels, waiting to say.

The only thing our country can still decide, is whether the Russian diplomats that the bilateral contacts with Belgium maintained, the country.

Austria

Austria, a country like Belgium, various international institutions on its territory, but not to the Nato, and belongs to point no – bilateral – Russian diplomats. The Austrian government, which-as a bridge-builder between East and West can see, the lines with Russia open.

In addition, of course, that Vienna has a heavy price it would pay, if Russia as a counter-reaction to decide the international institutions in Austria, to boycott. The departure of many thousands of goedverdienende Russians, the local economy would do no good.

The same economic argument applies also for Brussels. We would feel it, if a large cohort of Russians to leave the country because president Putin wants to strike back after the European measures.

On their own?

Charles Michel sees himself as a bridge-builder. That became clear when he, in January Russia visited and a meeting with president Vladimir Putin had. In advance he had said that he was the temperature wanted to measure for negotiations between the EU and Russia on an easing of European sanctions. Afterwards got the Belgian diplomats of concerned phone calls from several ambassadors of European states who wondered whether or not the prime minister alone had acted. He Had pre-contacted the French president, Macron, or with the German chancellor angela Merkel? Michel was a hint that he indeed had done.

Belgium will also be happy to act as intermediary. A small country like ours can continue car on the diplomatic ice, because it is not as heavy weighs. We are less threatening than a country like France or Germany, say diplomats. The quality of ‘modesty’ and ‘mediation’ is extra put in the paint for our campaign to make 2019 a temporary seat in the Security council. We are profiling ourselves as a constructive, reliable partner that always a consensus’re looking for. The period that we are heavy on the table knocked because the major principles are violated, is over.

That consideration will eventually undoubtedly play a role if the inner cabinet to four hours about his attitude to Russia is deliberating. Belgium will be solidarity to show the leaders of the EU – France and Germany on the head – that, however, diplomats have suggested, but will do everything to make the bridges that now with Russia are built not to blow up.

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