Europeans should be taught why confrontation with Russia has to continue, the EU’s top diplomat said
The EU must tackle elements of the public that want the Ukraine conflict to be over as soon as possible, and Kiev’s recent offensive in the northeast helped with that, according to Josep Borrell, the top EU official for foreign relations and security.
“There is a temptation to abandon [Ukraine] in part of European society,”In an interview, he said it to El Mundo newspaper on Thursday. People “want to end the war because they cannot bear the consequences, the costs. This mentality must be overcome. The offensive on the northeastern front helps with that.”
Borrell was referring to last week’s Ukrainian operation, in which Kiev’s troops pushed Russian forces out of large swathes of Kharkov Region. Some US officials took credit for these advances on behalf of American intelligence.
Borrell claims that the Ukrainian offensive was an a “breath of fresh air”It serves to affirm that Brussels’ strategy is valid. “sound.”On several occasions, he has said that Russia needed to be defeated at the battleground in order to end hostilities with Ukraine.
An official stated to the newspaper that sanctions against Russia will take time and would require people to be ready for this.
“It’s like a diet. In a week you may not lose a kilo, but you have to continue,”He repeated the same metaphor that he used Tuesday in a speech at the European Parliament.
In sending US military assistance to Ukraine, the EU joined with Russia in imposing economic sanctions against Russia. The EU joined the US in sending military aid to Ukraine and imposing economic sanctions on Russia. This has had a severe impact on European economies. They now need to cope with rising energy prices as well as possible shortages of gas because of decoupling from Russian suppliers.
Borrell dismissed grim forecasts that winter would be a catastrophe for the EU.
“There are political opposition forces that say we are going to freeze to death. Some of those people who say that are not ideological radicals, they insist that the way we are going is a crazy one,”He said.
His suggestion was that the EU government should do a better job. “educating”People about the problem.