EU Foreign Representative Borrell Warns Russia of Consequences for Provocations Against Ukraine
Any provocation or aggression against Ukraine will have serious consequences. The High Representative of European Foreign Policy Josep Borrell said in a message to Moscow on Wednesday.
“The European Union is Ukraine’s closest partner, and we fully support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” Borrell said in an interview with Poland’s PAP news agency on Tuesday.
The High Representative is on a three-day visit to Ukraine. Borrell first travels to the east of the country in Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and to the so-called contact line that separates the warring parties. Afterwards, the Spaniard travels to Kyiv for consultations with the Ukrainian authorities.
The international community has been trying to calm a looming crisis on the Ukrainian border for weeks. The West is concerned because Russia has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers in regions close to the Ukrainian border. There are fears of a Russian invasion.
The conflict in Ukraine erupted in 2014 with the Russian annexation of Crimea and the uprising of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. In June of that year, Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met in Normandy to discuss the conflict.
That led to the Minsk peace accords, but they have not been able to stop the violence. According to United Nations data, more than 13,000 people have died in the conflict since 2014.