Ursula von der Leyen spoke in a video conference at a meeting with the ambassadors of European Union countries for actions to protect and promote democracy, in the context of amplifying extremism and autocracy, of hybrid attacks attributed to Belarus and Russia.
“Amplification of extremism and autocracy can also be a security issue for countries. We have seen this in the case of the hybrid attack launched on our borders by the Minsk regime led by Alexander Lukashenko. regime to divert attention from the repression of its own citizens, “said Ursula von der Leyen.
“In this context, we must also talk about Russia’s military maneuvers and the massive increase in troops along Ukraine’s borders. of sovereignty “, added Ursula von der Leyen.
“I also notice an obvious attempt to intimidate the reformist government of the Republic of Moldova by using gas resources for the purpose of manipulating energy tariffs. The European Union will respond appropriately to any new aggression, including violations of international regulations or other negative actions against us or our neighbors, including Ukraine, “Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement on the European Commission’s website. and viewed by MEDIAFAX.
“Our reaction will take the form of amplifying and extending the current sanctions regime. And we are ready to apply additional restrictive measures. We will do this in coordination with partners who share the same values. Let it be very clear: we would rather have a constructive relationship with Moscow. At present, Russia’s deliberate elections and aggressive actions continue to destabilize Europe, “he said.
The Russian company Gazprom announced at the end of November that it had agreed to postpone the shutdown of Moldova’s gas supply, in the context in which the Chisinau government signaled that it would start paying arrears. Gazprom had warned that Moldova’s gas supply would fail if it did not pay its outstanding payments within 48 hours. Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that Russia uses natural gas resources as a tool to intimidate the Republic of Moldova. “In general, global price increases are not the effect of using gas resources as a weapon, but in the case of the Republic of Moldova, this is the case,” Josep Borrell Fontelles said on October 28.
US President Joseph Biden will warn his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Russia will face heavy sanctions if it attacks Ukraine, and the United States will supplement its military presence in Eastern Europe and consider Ukraine’s admission to NATO. . Joseph Biden and Vladimir Putin will discuss video conferencing on Tuesday, and the main topic will be the crisis in Ukraine. US intelligence reports that Russia has mobilized at least 70,000 troops near the Ukrainian border for a possible invasion. “We have consulted with allies and we believe we have a way to react by imposing significant and severe negative effects on the Russian economy,” Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the US presidency, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Joseph Biden consulted with European allies on Monday night ahead of a video conference with Vladimir Putin. “We have the stability to have a united position” on the situation in Ukraine, said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine, the United States will supplement its military strength in Eastern European countries and impose significant economic sanctions. In addition, Joseph will warn Vladimir Putin that in the event of an attack, the United States will consider Ukraine’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.
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