High Representative Jose Puborel promoted the coordination of relations with Moscow.
Response, restraint, dialogue: It was around this triptych that Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, clarified “strategy” The head of state and government asked him to define the relationship with Russia for the next discussion. A complex exercise will be included in the European Council’s menu from June 24 to 25.
Mr. Borrell, faced with one of these apparently impossible tasks under the responsibility of the EU Foreign Policy Coordinator, he apparently wanted to add a fourth verb, namely “unity” to his proposal. When introducing the text, in Brussels. Because its recommendations must be explained in detail and translated into action after unanimous voting. “If member states approve them, they will have to implement them instead of letting Russia divide us, The Spanish manager insisted. Unfortunately, we cannot always find unity”, He added, be educated by the lessons of the past.
For political, economic, strategic, or energy reasons, it is difficult for 27 people to speak in one voice in front of Moscow, unless the Russian power actually surpassed the “red line” in terms of human rights violations, international law or large-scale False information action. “Russia does not want to discuss with the EU. It prefers to have a direct dialogue with some of its members, while some members want to act alone., Also expressed regret to Mr. Borrell.
In any case, his draft strategy is cautious, and be careful not to immediately target one or the other capital.Even if the re-cooperation with the Kremlin seems to him “Vision”, It does not completely exclude it.He described Russia as “Global Player” “Biggest Neighbor” Member of the alliance and as possible partners in a range of areas of interest to the G-27: climate and environmental policy, the fight against terrorism or international relations, especially considering Russia in Syria, the Black Sea, or in the Iran nuclear agreement. This is also true for large-scale energy policies, as 26% of oil and 40% of natural gas imported into Europe come from Russia.
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