EU, Ukraine discuss security situation due to growing Russian military presence in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Josep Borrel and Dmytro Kuleba agreed that the decisions about Ukraine's security should be only made with Ukraine's participation
14:15, 24 December 2021

Borrell, Kuleba

Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, discussed with Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba the security situation in Western Europe in view of the build-up of the Russian military around Ukraine. This is reported by the European Communications Service; Kuleba also reported that on Twitter.

"The EU is closely coordinating its actions with transatlantic and other like-minded partners, including on two draft treaties that fit into the European security architecture presented by Russia," Borrell said. He urged Kuleba that the EU supports the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. 

The EU chief diplomat added that any further military aggression against Ukraine would have great consequences and a serious price. Borrell emphasized the need for de-escalation and full implementation of Minsk agreements on Russia's part.

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The EU High Representative said that any real discussion about security in Europe must be based on the obligations of the OSCE and the UN - the real pillars of the European security architecture - and not lead to their dilution. The EU, as before, respects the right of each country to make its sovereign choice in foreign and security policy, said the European diplomat.

"We both agreed on the key principle: Ukrainian security decisions can only be taken by Ukraine, and European security decisions in general by the EU", Kuleba summarized the results of the meeting.

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