Manuel Barroso, the president of the EC, has told an audience in Moscow today that Russia was not informed of the Eurogroup decision to tax depositors in Cyprus "because the governments of Europe were not informed."
Barroso made the astonishing statement in his speech to the Russia-EuropeanUnion - Potential for Partnership conference: "Moving into a Partnership of Choice".
The full text of his speech follows:
Prime Minister Medvedev, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
First of all I want to thank and congratulate the Russian International Affairs Council and Igor Ivanov for organizing this conference at such a timely moment.
It is a pleasure and an honour to be here with such a distinguished audience. I recognise many friends, I cannot mention all of them, but some of them with whom I have been working very closely from Javier Solana to Wolfgang Schüssel to François Fillon, to Paavo Lipponen, to Franco Frattini, and some others I see in the audience. Some of you that have done so much over the years for the process of partnership and friendship between the European Union and Russia...."