EU Stands Behind Ukraine-Related Sanctions on Russia Regardless of US Action

Miranda GreerFeb 11, 2017

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini warned Donald Trump's administration Friday not to "interfere" in European politics, in an apparent reference to the United States president's praise of Brexit.

The two-day trip was Mogherini's first visit to the U.S. capital since Donald Trump became president three weeks ago. After meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other representatives of the Trump administration, she said in a press conference in Washington DC that such a move could inflame Arab public opinion and be counterproductive.

She said the new administration made clear it had not decided on a new American ambassador to the EU, and had also not decided on a way forward on stalled US-European trade talks.

But if Tusk's reaction to Trump was to issue a warning to European leaders, Mogherini tried to take a more positive approach, attempting to shape priorities with the new administration while it's still early enough to do so - even if it's in more of a transactional way.

"I heard the intention to make sure that the deal will be a hundred percent implemented", she said.

The Texas oilman, a former head of USA energy giant ExxonMobil and a holder of Russia's Order of Friendship medal, hosted her at the State Department for what Mogherini later described as a "fruitful meeting".

"But I don't know if this is going to be a consolidated policy", the European Union top diplomat said.

Trump has vowed to build a wall along the USA southern border to block illegal immigration from Mexico.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was especially open to discussions about how to implement the Minsk agreement, she added, and noted that Congress is also unified on keeping sanctions pressure on Russian Federation.

"We tend to celebrate when walls come down", Mogherini said.

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