EU accuses Russia of ‘geopolitical terrorism’ — Analysis
Charles Michel warned Vladimir Putin’s actions have put international order and democracy “under attack”
In a fiery tirade directed at Russia by Charles Michel, President of European Council (MEPs), Charles Michel blasted Russia during Tuesday’s speech to members of the European Parliament. He accused Moscow of participating in terrorist activities. “geopolitical terrorism”Invading Ukraine
“The rules-based international order, democracy, human dignity are also under attack. This is geopolitical terrorism, pure and simple,”Michel declared that Russia was violating international law by its military actions in its neighbouring country.
Addressing the European Parliament after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke via video to MEPs, Michel acknowledged that, while Ukraine’s application to join the EU is “symbolic,”It is “going to be difficult”To achieve.
Responding to Ukraine’s application, Michel said the council of the EU government will “seriously look at the symbolic, political and legitimate request,”Making it “appropriate choice in a determined and clear-headed manner.” The remarks from Michel suggest that any decision on Ukraine’s request could be a long way from being announced.
Michel’s statement follows a string of increasingly aggressive sanctions being imposed on Russia in the wake of military clashes between Russian and Ukrainian troops. Among those targeted in the sanctions are President Vladimir Putin, senior Russian officials, and oligarchs who have been accused of being close to Putin and the country’s financial institutions.
The session in the European Parliament comes hours after France’s Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, threatened to “wage a total economic and financial war on Russia” until “Putin returns to better intentions in Ukraine.”Le Maire eventually backed off his comments, saying that it was inappropriate to use such language.
On Monday, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzya, refuted the international condemnation of Moscow’s actions, claiming that Putin has no plans to occupy Ukraine. Nebenzya used his speech to reiterate Putin’s stated aim of the military action “to demilitarize and de-nazify Ukraine.”
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