EU rejects Russia’s attempts to present itself as ‘mediator’ in conflict with Ukraine
According to an Ukrinform correspondent, the EU said this in a statement on “Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea,” which was read out at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.
The European Union decisively rejects Russia’s attempts to present itself as a “mediator” in a so-called “internal Ukrainian conflict,” as Russia is carrying out aggression against Ukraine and this poses a serious threat to the European security order.
“The Minsk agreements are unambiguous in stating that the TCG consists of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and OSCE, with the latter as the mediator. We therefore deplore and decisively reject the Russian narrative, presenting itself as a mediator of a so-called ‘internal Ukrainian conflict’,” the statement reads.
The EU added that Russia was merely trying to divert attention from its continuous acts of aggression and undermining of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including by its illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, which contradicts its obligations under international law.
“These actions are undoubtedly a severe threat to the European security order, for which, Russia is solely responsible,” the EU said.