The EU is ready to give a direct response to any Russian aggression, said the chief representative in the EU.
The EU has identified ten steps in the field of European security against the backdrop of Russia's military buildup near the Ukrainian borders. They were named by EU High Representative Josep Borrell.
He announced this in the French city of Brest at a press conference following a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign ministers.
According to him, the EU is ready to give a direct response to any Russian aggression, but still prefers diplomatic conflict resolution.
“It's been two days of hard work and it's clear that the Russian threat on the Ukrainian borders and security issues were at the center of our discussion,” Borrell said.
10 steps from the EU in case of Russian invasion of Ukraine:
1. The EU rules out Russia's attempt to create spheres of influence in Europe.
2. The EU reaffirmed the validity of all the main principles on which European security rests and which are set out in the Helsinki Final Act.
3. Europe reaffirmed “solidarity with Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe, which are our partners and are threatened by Russia.”
4. The European Union strongly urges Russia to de-escalate.
5. The EU reaffirmed its commitment to respond to any Russian attack against Ukraine.
6. Europe will work closely with the US to end the military conflict.
7. The EU will work in close coordination of security efforts with the US, NATO and within the OSCE. European ministers noted the need to intensify this activity.
8. The European Union is ready to join in strengthening the mechanisms for ensuring transparency and predictability of any military activity, confidence-building measures, etc.
9. The EU will support the restart of arms control work.
10. Europe will continue to work on sanctions for violations of international law, on which the EU will work closely with partners.
Recall, National Security Adviser to the President of the United States Jake Sullivan said that Russia plans to carry out a military invasion of Ukraine approximately in mid-January-mid-February this year. Before that, the Kremlin planned to commit a large-scale provocation in order to blame the Ukrainian military and justify the aggression.