RT: ​EU won’t be pushed into confrontation over Ukraine – foreign policy chief

Published time: March 07, 2015 13:04

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini (Reuters / Ints Kalnins)

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini (Reuters / Ints Kalnins)

The EU is resisting calls from hotheads to supply arms to Ukraine, saying it won’t be pulled into a confrontation with Russia. Europeans cite the progress in implementing a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine between Kiev and local rebels.

The idea of providing lethal aid to Kiev is popular among many NATO officials and American politicians. US House Speaker John Boehner and a bipartisan group of top lawmakers called on President Barack Obama to deliver the weapons. But Europeans are opposing the move, which would likely escalate tensions with Russia.

“The European Union today is extremely realistic about developments in Russia. But we will never be trapped or forced or pushed or pulled into a confrontative [sic] attitude,” the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini told the media on Friday, following an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Riga, Latvia.

“We still believe that around our continent – not only in but around – cooperation is far better than confrontation. We still argue for that,” she added.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said the EU’s goal in Ukraine is “a ceasefire, not an escalation.”

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Germany has been among the most vocal critics of sending arms to Ukraine and now German officials question the assessment of the situation in the country voiced by Kiev armament pundits.

“The statements [on Ukraine] from our source do not fully coincide with the statements made by NATO and the US,” German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after the conference. “We are interested in not allowing it to grow into a misunderstanding.”

The German Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government suspects the US and NATO of trying to derail the EU’s mediation effort in Ukraine.

The Minsk ceasefire agreement between Kiev and rebels in eastern Ukraine was brokered last month by Germany, France and Russia. So far, it’s mostly holding, with both parties pulling some of their heavy weapons back from the front line, and OSCE monitors reporting a significant reduction in violence.

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The EU says it wants to increase the number of OSCE observers on the ground, doubling its current ceiling of 500.

“The main point is obviously working to increase the number of selected and skilled people that can do the job,”Mogherini said. The more observers the tougher it would be to violate the conditions of the Minsk agreement with impunity.

Kiev and its foreign backers, particularly in Washington, accuse Russia of propping up the rebel forces with weapons and troops. Moscow insists that it has no involvement in the armed conflict and has only delivered humanitarian aid to the ravaged areas.

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8 Responses to RT: ​EU won’t be pushed into confrontation over Ukraine – foreign policy chief

  1. rose day says:

    Jean, I researched Vlad’s claim regarding Fed bailout of European banks and he is correct. I am
    unable to contact you directly and can only hope that the following Bloomberg site verifying the bailout is accessible…http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2011-04-01/foreign-banks-tapped-fed-s-lifeline-most-as-bernanke-kept-borrowers-secret.

    So, basically, the US (that’s us) bailed out European banks in the 2008 financial debacle which by the way occurred on Bush II’s watch. I would venture a guess that this info will not sit well with untold numbers of US citizens who lost life savings and pension funding during that same time frame.

  2. vlad says:

    Jean, nothing in life is for sure, for example when we attended schools the teachers taught us what
    they were taught, so them,most of the human race were taught lies,misrepersentation, we were not
    taught what we needed to known, such as money,real history, who are the evil people and instutions ect,etc,etc and nothing about how the world really works ! most of the problems we are having in this world right now ,is because we as a society have not been educated instead we have
    been lead down the wrong road to the edge of a cliff.
    So to answer your question, from what I have read,and my understand of how the world works
    and following many people around world that I have respect for what they say these are my belives of the truths as of today, they may change in the future.
    I hope this answers your question !
    vlad

  3. vlad says:

    To answer your Question Rose day ,The fed is keeping the EU banking system a float and they
    have dirt on every body,back in 2008 the fed gave out 16 trillion dollars out a lot of it went to the
    European banks.
    v

  4. rose day says:

    Upon reading this article a question comes to mind…the EU is ostensibly attempting mediation on the Ukraine issue and the US is ostensibly stirring the Ukraine war pot…What is the US holding over the EU to the extent that the EU is willing to make obvious counter-productive decisions?

  5. Hildegard says:

    “The statements [on Ukraine] from our source do not fully coincide with the statements made by NATO and the US,” German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after the conference. “We are interested in not allowing it to grow into a misunderstanding.” What a tactful way to call the U.S. and NATO damn liars. The U.S. forgets that Germany doesn’t get it’s news from CNN. Perhaps the next “logical” step is to launch a false flag and blame Germany!

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