The high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, stated this Monday that the conflict between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas is already affecting Western policy towards Ukrainewhich continues to defend itself from Russian aggression.
“Let’s be frank, the Middle East crisis is already having a lasting impact on our policy in Ukraine,” Borrell said in a speech during the annual conference of EU ambassadors.
The head of community diplomacy asked that the Union get as involved as it can in seeking a solution to the conflict in the Middle East because “it will be the most important geopolitical challenge for us” although “not the only one: we will not let’s forget about Ukraine“.
“More than ever, Ukraine is fighting against the Russian invasion. If Ukraine loses, we lose. We have to maintain our unanimity and our unity in supporting Ukraine,” he concluded.
Borrell recalled that during his recent visit to Washington on the occasion of the last summit between the United States and the EUexpressed “directly” to US President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, his fear that Western support for kyiv may falter.