We will be with Ukraine: Borrel reaffirms the EU's position amid the threat of Russian invasion

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13:29, 05 December
We will be with Ukraine: Borrel reaffirms the EU's position amid the threat of Russian invasion
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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said the EU would support Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion.

He stated this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Reppublica.

According to him, the European Union is making efforts to avoid a crisis due to the situation around Ukraine. He stressed that the EU would stand firm for Ukraine, "even in the event of an armed attack.

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"We are with Ukraine. Let Putin think about the consequences. We are using our diplomatic skills to make Russia realize that this will be a serious violation of international law", - Borrell said.

He said he had a conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm, who denied any "militant activity." The head of European diplomacy also said that a meeting with the Eastern Partnership countries would take place in Brussels next week, at which the EU "would emphasize its strong support for Ukraine".

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What is known

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a dispute over Ukraine on the sidelines of the OSCE summit in Stockholm.
  • The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov stated that if Russian troops invade the territory of Ukraine, it will have serious consequences for the whole of Europe and may lead to a global crisis.
  • On December 3, Reznikov stated that Russian military aggression may be escalated in early 2022.
  • On December 4, The Washington Post reported, citing a US intelligence document, that Russia plans to launch an offensive against Ukraine on several fronts in early 2022. Over 175 thousand Russian troops would take part in the offensive operation. Bild sources note that Russian President Vladimir Putin could prepare an offensive in three stages.

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