EU official Borrell: Russia violated three fundamental principles in Georgia first, then in Ukraine

  • Borrell further says that the Russian authorities’ ambition is ‘to challenge the political and security order born after the Cold War,’ adding that ‘Moscow wants to go back on the NATO-Russia founding act of 1997, which accompanied NATO’s enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe.’ Photo: Josep Borrell/Twitter.

Agenda.ge, 12 Jan 2022 - 18:46, Tbilisi,Georgia

Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell states that Russia is violating three fundamental principles: the right of each state to freely choose its alliances, non-use of force and respect for the territorial integrity of all states in Ukraine, ‘as it has already done in Georgia.’

By challenging this fundamental principle, Moscow is acting as a revisionist power. In Russia’s eyes, this prohibition [to choose allies] would not only apply to countries of the former Soviet Union but also to EU member states like Sweden or Finland,” said Borrel in his blog. 

He also stated that Russia’s proposals to the US and NATO regarding European security ‘contravene the principles of the European security architecture,’ noting that ‘they are accompanied by a military build-up on the border of Ukraine.’

Borrell further says that the Russian authorities’ ambition is ‘to challenge the political and security order born after the Cold War,’ adding that ‘Moscow wants to go back on the NATO-Russia founding act of 1997, which accompanied NATO’s enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe.’

Russia wants to portray the European Union as irrelevant and push for a strategic decoupling between the US and Europe,” Borrell said. 

He also noted that despite the fact that the EU is not a military alliance it has ‘ways and means to advance the security interests’ of the EU and its partners. 

A NATO-Russia council meeting is taking place in Brussels today where the issues of Ukraine and EU security are on the agenda. 

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