The European Union will continue to prepare new sanctions against Russia in coordination with partners and will strengthen interaction with the United States, NATO and with partners within the OSCE, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. His words are quoted by TASS.
The EU High Representative specified that the union stands for dialogue with Moscow, but not to the detriment of its freedom, independence, sovereignty and fundamental principles.
“The EU must act as an independent geopolitical player. We must be ready to repel aggression, but we prefer the path of diplomacy and negotiations,” Borrell said.
He added that the European Union rejects “any attempt by Russia to recreate spheres of influence in Europe. He also said that the EU supports arms control negotiations.
Borrell believes that Moscow is trying to divide the US and Europe by negotiating European security without the participation of the EU.
Earlier today it became known about the extension of EU sanctions against Russia for six months. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that Russia would react to the real development of events, and not “wave a club” if the US imposed the proposed sanctions.
We also recall that before that, in the US Congress, a group of 25 American Democratic senators presented a bill providing for the introduction of new tough anti-Russian sanctions in case the situation around Ukraine escalates.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow does not yet plan to respond to the alleged sanctions and wants to believe that these are just loud statements. The Kremlin spokesman also called the imposition of sanctions against the head of state “an outrageous measure.”