Europe should not count on normalization with Russia – MEP Sikorski

11.09.2023 03:25

Russia will never be a democratic country and Europe should think about how to stop such an aggressive political regime.

That’s according to Radoslaw Sikorski, Member of the European Parliament, Head of the EU-US Delegation, who spoke at an annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy, “The future is being decided in Ukraine”, organized by YES in partnership with the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation, Ukrinform reports referring to the YES press service.

“My discussions with the Europeans are that there is no need to try to normalize relations with Russia. It will never be democratic, it is rather an invader with a suicide vest on. And in fact, the question is how to stop him, this invader,” said Sikorski, according to a report posted in Ukrainian.

According to him, despite the fact that Europe perfectly understands the aggressive nature of the Russian regime, there is a different perception of the concept of security in different EU countries.

“Security or danger is perceived differently by a Belgian, an Italian, or a Portuguese. This is based on the fact that the foot of a Russian soldier was never set there and never will be. This is where all these positions stem from,” explained the head of the EU-US delegation.

He added that not all countries on the continent have an effective Plan B in case the hope for the normalization of relations does not materialize.

Poland has this Plan B in the form of 2% of GDP, which will be allocated to defense, the MEP stressed.

As reported by Ukrinform, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson, is skeptical about the possibility of reaching a peaceful settlement while Vladimir Putin remains President of Russia.



  1. Sikorski,as reported in a Ukrainian publication, has conveyed that his discussions with European counterparts have led to the consensus that normalizing relations with Russia is unnecessary. In their view, Russia is unlikely to become a democratic nation and is better characterized as an aggressor with a self-destructive disposition. The central question now revolves around how to counteract this aggressive force.

    Sikorski further highlights that while Europe collectively recognizes the belligerent nature of the Russian regime, there exists a disparity in how different EU countries perceive the concepts of security and danger. This divergence is influenced by the fact that certain European nations, such as Belgium, Italy, or Portugal, have never experienced the presence of Russian soldiers on their soil and are unlikely to do so in the future. These varying perspectives underpin the different positions adopted by EU member states regarding Russia.

  2. Can a nation count itself to be an upholder of law and order and to be a supporter of human rights and freedom if it normalizes its relationship with a nation that shits on every one of those principles?
    What if our courts and law enforcement agencies normalized their relationships with organized crime syndicates, drug cartels, and street gangs? The analogy is a viable one and should give them food for thought.

  3. I think Sikorski’s comments are consistent with many of the comments on this blog
    1. Moskali is inbred with imperialistic DNA for over three hundred years and can not change because we do not like it.
    2. Western European countries don’t share the same historical DNA that Eastern European countries have. They’ve never been invaded nor are they threatened each day by Mioskali
    3. Importantly, Western Europe just doesn’t share the same culture and values that Eastern Europe holds.

    Not saying Western Europe is bad just that in order to truly have a “union” one needs to acknowledge the pain of others and be able to deal with it like Denmark and the Netherlands have done. These countries get it. They understand and although they’ve not been threatened by Moskali, they feel our pain.

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