“Russia is a real danger to the EU” – Сandidate for the post of European Commissioner for Foreign Policy of the European Union
Modern Russia, like the terrorist threat, pose a real danger to the European Union, although they should not be compared with each other.
The corresponding statement was made by the candidate for the post of EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, former Foreign Minister of Spain Josep Borrell.
As an example illustrating the existence of this threat, he cited the joint military presence of NATO member states on the eastern flank, in particular in the Baltic states.
“If there is no threat, then why are the Canadian and Spanish military working together (in patrolling the Baltic states)?” He asked.
At the same time, the Spanish diplomat avoided answering the question of what constitutes a great threat to the EU – Russia or world terrorism, noting that underestimating the terrorist threat is unacceptable.
However, Borrell advocated the continuation of anti-Russian sanctions. “We must continue sanctions against Russia until a tectonic change occurs,” he said.
Reportedly, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell will become the new EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy.
In May 2019, in an interview with the Spanish press, Borrell called Russia “the old enemy of Spain, reaffirming himself”, which caused outrage at Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had to respond to a statement by the Spanish minister.