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Germany, Poland and France support revision of EU's policy towards Russia

17 September, 2022 Saturday
01:08

The foreign ministers of Germany, Poland and France have confirmed their support for Ukraine in its defense against the Russian Federation and called for a review of the EU's policy towards the aggressor state

This is stated in a statement issued by the foreign policy departments of the three countries.

"As Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine marks a fundamental turning point in EU-Russia relations, we need to review the key guiding principles of the European Union's policy towards Russia," the statement said.

Berlin, Warsaw and Paris also agree that Russia's war against Ukraine "is an attack on our European model based on freedom, democracy and order and rules."

"The key was and remains the firm and united response of the European Union and its member states, which condemn the war, offer asylum to refugees, take restrictive measures against Russia and provide support to Ukraine, including in the form of significant military aid. It is extremely important to continue on this path, as the European  assistance is important for Ukraine to continue its struggle to protect its sovereignty and European values," the statement emphasized.

Among the challenges caused by Russian aggression, the "use of energy as a geopolitical weapon" is mentioned, which has caused fears in some EU member states about a possible shortage of gas in combination with high energy prices.

The foreign policy departments of Germany, Poland and France expressed support for the creation of a special European mission for training and assistance for Ukrainian servicemen, "which will also provide maintenance and repair of military equipment."

They also stated that they support Ukraine's lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice of the United Nations and the European perspective of Ukraine, Moldova and the six countries of the Western Balkans.

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