Robert Abela’s timid approach to Putin continues being exposed. MaltaToday reports that a spokesperson for the PM “would only say Malta will apply sanctions agreed upon at EU level”.

Abela waited until the last possible moment before he announced the closing of Maltese airspace to Russian airlines (which at the time of writing is still actually open). See here.

The same goes for his outgoing Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo who waited until the last possible second before saying whether or not he was in favour of kicking Russia off the Swift payment system. See here.

With a general election around the corner, Robert Abela is losing the test on matters of foreign policy.

Compare and contrast.