Borrell: everyone could benefit from the revision of the European security architecture The EU is ready to take measures in case of “aggression” against Ukraine, but there is no talk of preventive restrictions, the diplomat said. He also did not rule out a revision of the European security architecture, which would be beneficial for everyone
On preventive restrictions against Russia in the event of an “invasion” is not going to Ukraine, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
“Nobody is talking about preventive sanctions, there can be no preventive sanctions. We discuss what to do if something happens. <…> If it is necessary to act, we will have to act,— said Borrell.
At the same time, he noted that the European Union is ready in the event of “aggression” take action against Ukraine.
The European Union agrees that the architecture of European security needs to be revised, this could benefit everyone, the head of European diplomacy pointed out. “Revisiting the European Security Architecture Could Benefit Everyone,” — he thinks. At the same time, the diplomat pointed out that it is impossible to discuss the security of Europe without Europe itself. “No decisions can be made without the participation of Europeans”, — he noticed.
Western media and politicians have repeatedly reported on the concentration of Russian troops to the border with Ukraine and a possible “invasion” to a neighboring country.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, in particular, recently said, citing intelligence, that Russia is looking for a pretext for “aggression” against Ukraine. “Russia is working to create a reason for the invasion, including through sabotage, accusing Ukraine of preparing an attack on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine,” — he said. CNN reported that Moscow is preparing “a task force to carry out a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.” Later, this information was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. According to her, “attack” should happen between mid-January and mid-February.
The West is threatening to take drastic measures if this happens. Among them, Russia's disconnection from SWIFT and the restriction of the ruble's conversion.
The New York Times wrote that the United States could effectively ban the export of any consumer goods to Russia— from mobile phones and laptops to refrigerators and washing machines,— designed in the USA or which contain parts of American production.
Preventive measures were insisted, in particular, by the former Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, who asked not to wait until « too late.” They also called for it in Ukraine.
Russia has repeatedly stated that the movement of troops on its own territory— her internal affairs. At the same time, the Kremlin assured that the country did not threaten anyone and was not going to attack anyone.
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