EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell warned Russia of the huge consequences and high price of any further aggression against Ukraine. This was discussed during his joint briefing with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Stanytsia Luhanska as the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.
"Our main interest, our main concern, our main goal is to try to de-escalate tensions through these talks and others that will follow. But also through strong support and a strong position of support for Ukraine. These things have to go side by side. A desire to de-escalate tensions through dialogue, to avoid increasing tensions, to look for solutions, but with strong support and a strong commitment that any military aggression against Ukraine would have huge consequences and a serious cost," Borrell said.
According to him, the EU is coordinating with NATO and other like-minded partners to defuse the situation around Ukraine and fully implement the Minsk agreements.
For his part, Kuleba stressed that one of the key elements of the containment package is the preparation of new painful sanctions against Russia as the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.
"Ukraine and the European Union are united in the fact that Russia has no right to divide Europe into zones of influence and to determine where, how, when the European Union can expand and what the nature of relations will be between Ukraine and the European Union. This is a relationship exclusively between Kyiv and Brussels and Moscow has no right to have any say in it," the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
We should remind that on the night of January 5, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell started his first foreign visit this year from Ukraine.
Earlier it was reported that Borrell's visit to Ukraine would focus on the political and security situation in the country.
His stay in the country will last until January 6. Together with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Borrell will visit Donbas and the line of contact. After that, Borrell will go to Kyiv, where he will meet with the Ukrainian authorities.