The head of EU diplomacy urged to continue to look for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Previously, he stated: “Usually wars are won or lost on the battlefield.” ” alt=”Borrell announced the need to reorganize relations between the EU and Russia” />
The European Union and Russia need to reorganize relations, as well as agree on security guarantees and mechanisms to establish peaceful coexistence, wrote the head of the foreign policy service EC Josep Borrell in his blog.
“It will certainly be a very difficult and lengthy process,”— he noted, pointing out its necessity if Russia and the EU do not want to remain in a state of eternal conflict.
Borrell also opined that the Russian authorities must first understand that “their own security cannot and will not be achieved at the expense of European security and the security of their neighbors.” Peace in Europe must be built, among other things, on respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Borrell urged to continue to seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine.
In early April, Borrell, together with the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, visited Kyiv. Then he wished for the end of hostilities in Ukraine and noted that “the war must be won on the battlefield.” The head of European diplomacy recalled that Brussels allocated another €500 million to Ukraine for the purchase of weapons.
His words were criticized by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said that the EU had turned from an economic organization into a “NATO economic relations department” ;.
A few days later, Borrell repeated that the EU authorities believe that the only way to resolve the conflict in Ukraine is by military means, and therefore is going to continue supplying weapons to Kiev.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin considered the EU representative's statement irresponsible. In a conversation with European Council President Charles Michel, he also said that Brussels ignores the war crimes of the Ukrainian security forces.
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