September 27, 2022

The European Union declared the need to continue dialogue with Russia

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The European Union considers it important to continue the dialogue with the Russian Federation on the situation around Ukraine. At the same time, the association is going to simultaneously strengthen its defenses. This was announced on Sunday, March 27, by the head of the European Council, Charles Michel.

It is noted that Michel criticized Russia’s special operation to protect Donbass in an interview with the French TV channel TF1, fragments of which were published on his Twitter page.

“However, out of necessity, it is necessary to continue to engage in dialogue with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, since he is the one in the Kremlin,” the head of the European Council emphasized, adding that at the same time, it is necessary to “actively strengthen the defense of NATO’s eastern flank.”

It is emphasized that the EU will continue to provide various assistance to Kiev, including military.

On March 25, the leaders of the EU countries approved at the summit in Brussels the first defense strategy of the community, the EU Strategic Compass. This strategy provides for the creation of an EU rapid reaction force of 5,000 people.

On the same day, it became known earlier that the heads of European states decided to create a fund of solidarity with Ukraine in order to finance the restoration of the country after the completion of Russia’s special operation.

Earlier, on March 23, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that France intends to continue negotiations with the Russian Federation for as long as necessary. He also expressed hope for a ceasefire and peace talks. Before that, Putin had several more telephone conversations with Macron, during which the parties exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and the Donbass, and also discussed the course of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations.

In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics asked for recognition of their independence and announced the evacuation of the civilian population to Russia.

On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree. On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. As the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.

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