Wednesday 05 January 2022
In a letter to Moscow ahead of a meeting with Ukrainian officials on Wednesday, European Union Foreign and Security Affairs Commissioner Josep Borrell warned that “any provocation or aggression” against Ukraine would have serious consequences.
“The EU is Ukraine’s closest partner and we fully support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the EU’s top diplomat said in an interview with the Polish News Agency published on Tuesday.
During his visit, Borrell will meet with Ukrainian officials, including Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, in Kiev and eastern Ukraine.
Borrell’s efforts come as part of an international campaign to calm the simmering crisis on the Ukrainian border.
For weeks, the West has been concerned about reports that Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops not far from Ukraine, raising fears of a Russian invasion.
Moscow rejects this accusation and in turn accuses Ukraine of moving more soldiers to the eastern regions controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
These developments evoke the events of 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea and began its continued support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
It is scheduled to hold talks between the United States and Russia in Geneva next Monday. Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) plan to hold separate talks two days later, on January 12th.