The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy and Common Security, Josep Borrell, has stressed that, in view of Russia’s appeals to the US and NATO, “any discussion” about security in Europe must have the “participation” of the bloc. because of the mounting tensions in the region, what he calls “security guarantees”.
Borrell stated in his account on the social network Twitter that he had discussed “the events surrounding the Russian military reinforcement” with British Foreign Minister Liz Truss, a conversation in which he had “affirmed” that he supported “sovereignty and territorial integrity” Of Ukraine”.
“The immediate priority is to avoid further escalation,” he said, stressing that “any discussion on European security must take place in coordination with and with the participation of the EU.”
In this sense, Borrell stressed in an interview with the German newspaper “Die Welt” that the bloc “should not be an uninvolved bystander” in the talks between Russia and the US and has revealed that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sees ” that too. “
“If Moscow wants to talk about the security architecture in Europe and security guarantees from January, as announced, then it is not just about the USA and Russia. The EU must be present in these negotiations, which are only meaningful “if they take place in close coordination and with the participation of the EU,” he said.
He argued: “Anyone who wants to negotiate the future of the security architecture in Europe should speak to the Europeans.” “European security is our security. Two states, the USA and Russia or NATO and Russia, cannot negotiate that, even if Moscow imagines it that way,” he affirmed.
Borrell stressed that “we are not in a post-war era” and stated that Moscow “wants two actors who share their spheres of influence”. “Russia wants to negotiate the European security architecture without including the EU, which is absurd. We will not accept that. Without us, nothing will be decided,” he said.
On the other hand, he criticizes Moscow for submitting its proposals “in the form of a real treaty”. “That has never happened before. Only the winners do it,” he said, stressing that Russia’s demands “are a purely Russian agenda with completely unacceptable terms, particularly with regard to Ukraine.”
“One thing is clear. These talks, which begin in January, are not just about Ukraine and NATO’s eastward expansion. We need to talk about all violations since the Helsinki Law 1975. We disagree with many political facts, matters that Moscow regards as internal affairs, “he said.
Borrell, on the other hand, declined to comment on a possible military conflict in Ukraine, but stressed that the EU and the US “are working with all possible scenarios”. “A military invasion cannot be completely ruled out, but there are many other scenarios that preoccupy me, albeit less extreme,” he defended.
The head of European diplomacy counts among these possibilities “a destabilization of the government in Kiev through hybrid tactics, an increase in fighting between Ukrainian soldiers and separatists in Donbass or pressure from fewer gas deliveries to Europe”. “A lot is conceivable”, has riveted.
Borrell’s words came after Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexadner Fomin said Monday that NATO was preparing for a “full” conflict with Moscow, while Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov warned that a new missile crisis was real.
With that in mind, Riabkov asked to consider Moscow’s proposals on security guarantees, after which Foreign Ministry chief Sergei Lavrov indicated that talks with the US would begin after January 10, 2022.