BRUSELAS, 5 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, on Monday called for unity among the Twenty-seven against Russia's "fascist regime", in the midst of escalating energy prices, ensuring that European values are " will falter" if the interests of the Member States collide in the response to Moscow.
"We have to be united and we have to make it visible," said the head of European diplomacy in a remote speech in the framework of the Interparliamentary Conference held in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.
As Borrell has warned, it will be a "problem" to present different interests at the level of Member States. "Values will falter when we clash with each other over interests," she has warned.
In this sense, he has made a call to break the energy dependency that exists with Russia, after describing it as a "strategic error" to have left the gas supply to Europe in the hands of Moscow. "Now he uses it as a weapon", he lamented, insisting that it will be "painful" but it is a "duty" to advance in the transition to renewable energies.
The High Representative's statements come in the midst of a debate within the EU due to the escalation in energy prices and when European sanctions are being questioned in member states such as Hungary or Italy.
In the context of the war in Ukraine, Borrell has defended the shipment of weapons, assuring that in the context of military aggression there are no "magic solutions" to end the conflict, but has indicated that one of the options is to help the Ukrainian Army , in addition to using diplomacy or applying sanctions to Russia.
"We do not have a concrete plan to defeat the Russian fascist regime, but my task is more modest and is to help Ukraine in a united way and continue discussions with international actors to apply the adopted sanctions," Borrell said.
In a more general reflection, the head of community diplomacy has argued the need to have an EU that is more capable militarily and to jointly address the increase in defense spending.
"No one wants to spend money on defence, but at the moment Europe has to do more to defend itself, develop its industry and improve its military capabilities in a coordinated way," he said. Thus, he has indicated that if the Twenty-seven do not develop militarily in a coordinated manner, a disparity will be generated and the objective of having a European force will not be achieved.