Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Russian Mission to the EU Kirill Logvinov Commented to TASS News Agency on the Forthcoming Second European Political Community Summit

Submitted on Wed, 05/31/2023 - 09:43

Given Brussels' anti-Russian zeal, the European Political Community cannot be expected to deliver anything but another attempt to impose the EU’s own "world view" on third countries. Of course, the forum is affected by the fact that since the first summit in October 2022, the actions undertaken by its host, the European Union, have further contributed to the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. Despite continued proclamations of a supposedly unifying agenda, this platform was designed by the EU to serve specific geopolitical purposes. Brussels arguments that relations with Russia are "detrimental to the national interests" of third countries and that the EU will only "be friends" with those who have joined it on the "right side of history" are there to stay. The Chisinau meeting is also an opportunity for Brussels to continue convincing others of the need to comply with the illegitimate unilateral sanctions – as well as to hint at "punishment" for circumventing them.

Don't forget that the emergence of the new format was also prompted by the crisis of the European Neighbourhood Policy and its Eastern Partnership programme. But whereas in the past the EU and the focus states were united by finding economic integration beneficial, today the sole interest of the EU is to form an anti-Russian coalition. Well, those seeking to preserve their foreign policy independence have no objective reason to get involved in a confrontation between the West and Russia.