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Head of EU diplomacy visits frontline and promises “full support” for Kiev

The head of European diplomacy considered this Wednesday during a visit to the Ukrainian Donbas region that the security of Europe depends on the security of Ukraine and warned that Moscow will face serious consequences in the event of an invasion of the neighboring country.

“Security in Europe is not possible without the security of Ukraine,” Josep Borrell said at a press conference in the town of Stanytsa Luganska, a few kilometers from the dividing line between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatist militias, which have been clashing since 2014 in the eastern part of the Ukrainian territory.

The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also assured that “any debate on European security must include the EU and Ukraine”, after reaffirming the “full support” of the community bloc “for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity” of this country.

Borrel warned that the conflict on the Russian-Ukrainian border “is in the process of escalating and tensions are building.”

“Russia has concentrated troops and equipment in an unusual way. This happened very quickly,” he said, noting that the EU, the United States, and NATO are committed to a joint response should Moscow opt for an invasion of Ukraine, urging an immediate “de-escalation” of the conflict.

“Our main concern is to reduce tensions through negotiations and with our firm position in support of Ukraine. Any military aggression against Ukraine will have serious consequences,” warned the European representative.

In his turn, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kubela, called Borrell’s visit to Donbas (in the east of the country) “historic”, as “he is the first High Representative for EU foreign policy to visit the area of conflict” between Ukraine and Russia.

In talks with the United States, Moscow intends to link the Ukrainian crisis to NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe, an approach rejected by Western allies.

In this context, Borrell also considered that “the geopolitical landscape is in the process of changing very quickly and the conflict on Ukraine’s borders is on the way to deepening”.

Next week will be marked by a series of important meetings in the context of the climate of military tension observed at the border between Russia and Ukraine.

The first meeting is scheduled for January 9th and 10th in Geneva (Switzerland), where the United States (NATO member) and Russia will debate the issues of Ukraine and nuclear weapons control.

Also on January 10, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and the head of Ukrainian diplomacy will meet in Brussels.

This will be followed by a meeting of the NATO/Russia Council (Dialogue Forum), scheduled for 12 January, and a meeting between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), on 13 January.

Source: With Agencies

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