Borrell: No talks on Ukraine while Russia exerts pressure

“Russia [karsp─ôka] The relocation is part of the pressure, “Borrell told reporters ahead of the meeting of EU defense and foreign ministers, insisting that” there must be no pressure to negotiate. “

The informal meeting takes place shortly after intense talks between US and Russian officials in Geneva on Monday, during which no agreement was reached on the de-escalation of the conflict, but both sides offered to continue the dialogue.

“We have received assurances that nothing will be decided or negotiated without Europeans, and coordination with the Americans is absolutely excellent,” Borel said.

Before the EU ministerial meeting on Thursday, Borrell said that “no decisions will be made today because this is an informal meeting”. He also admitted that there could be a political statement.

For several weeks, tensions over the concentration of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders have subsided, raising concerns about another Russian invasion in Kiev and the West.

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Russia denies allegations of an invasion of Ukraine by its troops. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow is taking a defensive stance because of fears that Kiev is getting too close to NATO.

At a video summit on December 7, US President Joe Biden warned Putin that the United States would impose unprecedented sanctions on Russia if it attacked Ukraine.

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