“Putin’s nuclear threat is a real danger”

The head of diplomacy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, has responded this Wednesday to the announcement of the escalation of the war by Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and his threat to use nuclear weapons. “Putin tells us that he is willing to use all weapons within his reach, and when someone says that, it is because they all include nuclear weapons. It is an enormous irresponsibility and something completely unacceptable for the international community”he assured at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters.

Borrell has also announced that the EU foreign ministers are going to discuss on this same day more sanctions against Russia and how to further strengthen its military support for Ukraine in response to the latest announcements made by Putin, such as the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists.

For Borrell, those measures show “panic” and “desperation”, as well as a desire to intimidate Ukraine and all the countries that support it. “But it is going to fail. It has failed and it will fail again,” said the Spanish diplomat, who assured that Europe will not be intimidated.

Military support for Ukraine, sanctions on Moscow and diplomacy

The community response, as anticipated, will continue with the strategy that has been maintained until now: military support for Ukraine, economic pressure with sanctions against Moscow and diplomatic work with the rest of the world. Borrell has indicated that the expansion of sanctions will be “safe” on the table of the ministerswho had already promised them in the event that referendums are held in the territories occupied by Russia, and added that he is going to start proposing what to do in this area, although he did not want to advance anything concrete.

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The meeting of European Foreign Affairs officials will take place in New York, where they all meet on the occasion of the UN General Assembly, starting at 8:15 p.m. local time (00:15 GMT on Thursday). Borrell will also speak on Thursday at a ministerial meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine, in which the participation, among others, of the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, is expected.

Asked if he plans to meet him during his stay in New York, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has said that he has no plans to do so for now.

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