EU diplomatic outreach in the context of security challenges by Russia

(Source: EEAS)

“There is no security in Europe without the security of Ukraine. Diplomatic efforts should build on and strengthen OSCE and UN commitments and obligations.”

HR/VP Josep Borrell, Kyiv, 6 January 2022

The security situation in and around Ukraine has escalated in recent months as a result of Russia’s unusual mobilisation of military troops and equipment. Military manoeuvres were accompanied by heightened rhetoric by Russian senior officials and a spike in information manipulation campaigns. This unprecedented escalation represents a direct threat to Europe and broader European security.

In this context, the EU strongly reiterates its unwavering support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. Any discussion on European and Ukrainian security must include the European Union and Ukraine.

In the first week of 2022, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell visited Kyiv and the line of contact in Stanytsia Luhanska together with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and met with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. This was the first visit by an EU High Representative to the line of contact in Donbas since the outbreak of the conflict in 2014 and and demonstrated the EU’s continued strong stand with Ukraine.

The EU maintains its support to conflict resolution efforts in the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group and the Normandy format. However, diplomatic efforts should not be conducted in a climate of escalating rhetoric and ultimatums, which belong to past centuries.

Any further military aggression against Ukraine will have massive consequences and severe cost for Russia, as highlighted in the European Council Conclusions from 16 December 2021.

The EU urges Russia to de-escalate tensions caused by its military build-up and aggressive rhetoric. We stand ready to prioritise diplomatic engagements as the only viable and sustainable path towards de-escalation.

The EU coordinates closely and firmly its position with allies and likeminded countries and organisations, in particular the United States, and NATO and within the OSCE.

Highlights of EU action

HR/VP Josep Borrell visit to Ukraine

January 4-6, 2022: High Representative Josep Borrell visited Ukraine to reconfirm EU’s support against external threats.


January 5, 2022: Press remarks by High Representative Josep Borrell at the press conference after meeting the Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.


HR/VP’s diplomatic engagement

January 19, 2022: Russia/Ukraine: High Representative Borrell in multilateral coordination talks with US Secretary Blinken, NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg and the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office.

February 1, 2022: High Representative Borrell in a joint call with US, NATO and OSCE Chairman-in-Office counterparts.


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