The United States and the European Union have agreed on a common approach to responding to Russia's negative behavior in the international arena. This is stated in the final statement of the US-EU summit, released on Tuesday, June 15.
“We stand united in our principled approach towards Russia and we are ready to respond decisively to its repeating pattern of negative behaviour and harmful activities, which Russia must address to prevent the further deterioration of relations including on the list of so-called unfriendly states. To coordinate our policies and actions we plan to establish an EU-US high-level dialogue on Russia,” the statement says.
In this context, Washington and Brussels condemned Russia's ongoing actions to undermine the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine and Georgia.
In addition, leading Western democracies have also called on Moscow:
- to ensure foreign diplomatic missions in Russia can operate in a safe, secure, and productive fashion
- to stop its continuous crackdown on civil society, the opposition, and independent media and release all political prisoners
At the same time, the US and EU keep channels of communication open and possibilities for selective cooperation in areas of common interest. Washington and Brussels also commit to work together to address the urgent and escalating threat from criminal ransomware networks that pose risks to citizens and companies.
Earlier, Secretary-General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO's relations with Moscow are currently at "the lowest level since the Cold War." However, the Alliance still seeks to improve the situation and establish a dialogue with Moscow.