The highest diplomatic representative of the EU defended the effectiveness of the bloc’s sanctions as the main tool against Moscow.
The European Union does not seek to go to war with Russia and is using sanctions as a key instrument to counter Moscow’s “aggression” in Ukraine, declared the bloc’s top diplomatic official, Josep Borrell.
In an article for the Japanese media outlet Yomiuri, the senior representative of Foreign Affairs of the EU maintains that the six packages of sanctions imposed on Moscow by the EU since the end of February have shown that “Europe can respond when provoked”.
“The EU does not want a war with Russia, and economic sanctions are central to its response to aggression”, underlined Borrell.
In detailing that these measures are currently directed against some 1,200 individuals and 98 organizations in Russia, asserted that “they have already begun to have an effect and will be further increased in the coming months”.
“As for advanced technologies, Russia depends 45% on Europe and 21% on the United States. Only in 11% of China”, he said to go on to mention that the sanctions limit the production capacity of precision missiles such as those being used in the military operation in Ukraine Borrell added that the automotive industries, fromaviation and petroleum will be the most affected by the sanctions.
Dependence on energy
According to Borrell, one of the “many miscalculations” allegedly made by Russian President Vladimir Putin was that he “probably thought that Europe wouldn’t have the courage to impose sanctions for relying on energy”.
The EU has set itself the objective of reducing imports of oil from Russia in 90% for end is from 2022, and is also trying to limit its gas imports.
The senior EU diplomat admitted that the measures taken against Moscow have also produced “serious difficulties to many EU Member States and to some sectors of the economy“.
“But this is the price that must be pay to protect democracies and international law. We are taking the necessary steps to address these issues with full solidarity,” he stressed.
“Crazy and thoughtless”
Already last April, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zajárova accused the EU of having degraded to the level of “NATO’s economic relations department,” in response to a tweet in which Borrell claimed that the Ukrainian conflict “will be won on the battlefield.”
Since the end of February, EU countries have been providing actively arms to Ukraine, to Despite Russia’s many warnings that this would only prolong the conflict.
Commenting on the economic sanctions against Moscow in mid-June, Putin called them “crazy and thoughtless”. Western attempts to “hit industry, finances and the standard of living of the people,” he assured, have failed.
He has previously accused European leaders of sacrificing their own economies to bolster Ukraine’s war effort, claiming they were committing “suicide” economical under “the pressure of his American gentleman”.