The 27 consider Russia’s call not to join NATO for its neighbors to be “unacceptable”

On Thursday, the European Union’s foreign ministers rejected every request by Russia to stop the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe and made sure that it is “unacceptable” to define the security policies of third countries, as they did with Ukraine and Georgia.

In statements to the European Foreign Ministers’ meeting, several spoke out against the demands of Moscow, which in its contacts with the United States and NATO this week raised this issue, which would affect countries such as Ukraine or Georgia , but also in EU member states such as Sweden and Finland.

One of the clearest voices was Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, who called the Kremlin’s proposal “unacceptable” and defended each country’s right to choose its security policy and alliances. “We have to send a strong and united message from the foreign ministers,” he said.

The 27 consider Russia’s call not to join NATO for its neighbors to be “unacceptable”
The 27 consider Russia’s call not to join NATO for its neighbors to be “unacceptable”

His Danish colleague Jeppe Kofod complains that Russia is trying to change the security order in Europe. “These types of threats and demands are unacceptable. They have to be rejected and we have to stand firm,” he said, showing his support for Kiev.

Despite supporting the dialogue with Moscow, Kofod has insisted that the EU must be ready to impose sanctions on President Vladimir Putin “on an unprecedented scale” if he attacks his neighbor. “It must be made clear to Putin that the game he is playing, that he wants to take us back to the darkest days of the Cold War, is unacceptable,” he said.

The Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu also spoke out in favor of preparing the sanctions, in which he understands that this could be a contribution of the EU to de-escalating the crisis and preventing Moscow from taking action against Kiev.

The Lithuanian minister Gabrielus Landsbergis has suggested that the European bloc not only reject Russian interference, but also help Ukraine on its way to transatlantic and local community. “We must not give the impression that we are checking this, we must support Ukraine on the path it has chosen and keep the door open,” he defended.

For his part, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albaren has indicated that Europeans should come together to define their position and “raise their voices” in the face of the Russian threat on the eastern border.

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