EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell assured this Tuesday that the European bloc must learn lessons from Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and strengthen its deterrence tools to respond to situations like the one created by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This tragic moment must unite us to face the actions that threaten the lives and prosperity of all,” said the head of community diplomacy during the European Parliament’s extraordinary plenary session, which focused on the situation in Ukraine and in which he Volodymyr Zelenskyy intervened with the Ukrainian President.
“We need to think about the tools of coercion, retaliation and counterattack against the opponents that we have,” he stressed, lamenting that the deterrent measures taken by the EU were not enough to stop Russian aggression.
It has been shown that to achieve peace it takes the will of several actors, but to start a war only one, in relation to Russia.
Although he has defended the rapid European response, “which astonished Putin”, Borrell has called for further steps in this direction to be taken at the European level in order to develop a “stronger, more unified and more consistent” capacity to act.
“We cannot continue to trust that invoking the rule of law and trade relations will transform the world into a peaceful place where everyone is moving towards representative democracy,” he assured, stressing that “the forces of evil are still… are alive”. international area.
The High Representative indicated that the EU is showing that it is capable of making economic sacrifices in its response to the Russian offensive and that trade relations with Moscow will not jeopardize the defense of European freedoms and values.
In any case, he called for “breaking the dependency” that exists in certain sectors such as energy. “We will not give up defending human rights because we are more or less dependent,” he stressed.
Furthermore, he has insisted on forming an international front to isolate Russia, first by condemning the invasion of Ukraine in the United Nations General Assembly. “No one can look to the side. When attacking a smaller country, no one can invoke the peaceful resolution of conflicts or put the attacked and the attacker on an equal footing,” he warned, affirming that the EU will have a memory and “will address those remember who are currently not on the European side”.