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Borrell on arms supplies to Kyiv: ″Russians must not tear apart Ukrainians″ | News from Germany about Ukraine | DW

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell spoke emotionally in defense arms supplies to Ukrainesubjected to Russian attack. In an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), published on Wednesday, May 11, Borrell criticized those who argue that arms supplies to Kyiv only prolong the war.

“I ask these people: doesn’t it matter how this war ends? Do Ukrainians have to kneel, torn to pieces by Russians? Is that what you want?” – the head of EU diplomacy addressed the opponents of military assistance to Kyiv.

He added that wars end with peace negotiations, but peace negotiations must be conducted “from a position of strength” and the task now is to “bring Ukrainians to such a position.”

Discussion in Germany on the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine

The issue of the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine caused a great public discussion in Germany. For example, a group of German intellectuals published an open letter in April urging Chancellor Olaf Scholz not to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons in order not to provoke third world war. Shortly after that, a second open letter from another group of public figures to the head of the German government appeared in the German media – with exactly the opposite content.

The threat of nuclear war said in the second message, is “part of Russia’s psychological warfare.” “We do not take this lightly. Every war carries the risk of escalation to extreme limits. But the danger of nuclear war should not be averted by making concessions to the Kremlin, as they will push him to the next military adventures,” the authors of the letter noted.

Borrell criticized the principle of unanimity in the EU

In an interview with FAZ, Josep Borrell also criticized the fact that the European Union, when making many decisions, must be guided by the principle of unanimity of EU member states. “The right of veto functioned with six members, but not today with 27 countries and not tomorrow, when there may be 33 states in the EU. It is becoming more and more difficult,” the head of European diplomacy said.

In recent weeks, the EU has been drafting a sixth round of sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. New restrictive measures should include a partial oil embargo. Against this background, in particular, a conflict broke out between the EU and Budapest, which sees in the oil embargo a great danger for Hungary.

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