EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell reminded the German diplomatic service, which will take over the EU presidency in the second half of 2020, of the need to support Ukraine and all the challenges posed by Russia. This was discussed during his virtual speech at the Annual German Ambassadors’ Conference 2020 that took place in Berlin, European External Action Service reports on its website.
"To the east, we must support Ukraine and strengthen ties with all Eastern Partners for sure," Borrel said.
He also stressed the need to have a selective engagement with Russia on the issues that matter to Germany.
“This is not contradictory to being firm. We need a smart balance between firmness and sanctions with Russia with a careful attempt at engagement in selective areas,” EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs added.
As we reported earlier, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to return to compliance with the Open Skies Treaty.
"Russia's constant selective fulfillment of its obligations under the Open Skies Treaty has undermined the contribution of this important Treaty to ensuring security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region ... Returning Russia to compliance is the best way to preserve the advantages of the Treaty," he said.