The EU’s high representative for foreign and security policy Josep Borrell stated that the EU must speak with a voice to Russia. It cannot expect to improve relations soon, and the Russia-US summit is being held in Geneva.
“Russia does not want to talk to the EU. It is more willing to talk directly with some important members in its eyes. The EU must show solidarity to force Russia to talk to it,” Borel said.
He submitted a document on the relationship between the European Union and Russia on Wednesday, suggesting how to improve the implementation of European policies towards Russia. Leaders of EU member states will discuss these proposals at the summit next week.
“If member states approve these recommendations, they will need to ensure compliance with these recommendations and not allow Russia to divide us,” Borel said.
He pointed out that the relationship between the EU and Russia should not be expected to improve soon.
The senior representative said: “Under the current circumstances, the re-establishment of a partnership between Russia and the EU will allow closer cooperation, which seems to be the distant future.”
In response to Russia’s strategic challenge, the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy suggested that the EU also reject Russia’s actions, exert pressure, and engage in dialogue with Russia in order to strive for more constructive contacts with the Russian leadership.
“It is necessary to stop the unproductive trends in our relationship,” Borrell said.
If political conditions permit, EU-Russian cooperation will have great potential.
“But the Russian government is actively pursuing goals in the opposite direction. It often challenges and undermines international law and key principles of the OSCE and the European Commission. It tries to influence, interfere with and undermine the stability of the European Union and its members and our partner countries.” It Increasing use of political repression, endangering human rights and fundamental freedoms, to maintain the country’s current political and economic order,” the committee said.
The European Union announced that it would condemn human rights violations and pointed out that Russia continues to violate international law in Ukraine, Georgia and other places.
It will also continue to respond appropriately to malicious actions by the Russian government, including hybrid threats, and will seek to limit the Russian government’s resources for pursuing its destructive foreign policy.
The Committee emphasized that the EU must become strong and resilient to counter Russia’s attempts to undermine its interests.
It is recommended that the EU develop its defense capabilities and cyber capabilities to deal with mixed threats and make better use of the leverage provided by the European energy transition.