Outlook for EU-Russia ties bad after von der Leyen, Kallas nominations: Kremlin

A Russian flag waves next to one of the Kremlin towers in downtown Moscow on 26 February, 2022AFP

The Kremlin said on Friday that the outlook for EU-Russia ties was bad after EU leaders nominated Ursula von der Leyen for another term as European Commission president and picked Estonia's Kaja Kallas as the next EU foreign policy chief.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the bloc's decision to nominate von der Leyen for another term would not change anything as she did not favour normalising EU ties with Russia.

Commenting on the choice of Kallas for EU foreign policy chief, Peskov said she was known for her stark anti-Russian statements and had not shown any inclination towards diplomacy.