Monday, February 26

Macron proposes to agree with Russia the new European doctrine to end tensions in Ukraine


Correspondent in Brussels

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The new document on the European security doctrine, the ‘Strategic Compass’ prepared by the High Representative Josep Borrell can be the basis of the proposal for a new security architecture in Europe that the EU is going to offer Russia to defuse tensions on the eastern border.

In his speech before the plenary session of the European Parliament, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, proposed maintaining dialogue with Russia, based on the so-called “Normandy format”, and prepare this new proposal to agree with Moscow on new security rules.

Macron said that he is in favor of renewing the commitments that were established 30 years ago with the Russia that emerged from the disappearance of the Soviet Union to seek “a political solution for Ukraine”, including measures that increase transparency in the matter of nuclear weapons, conventional and military maneuvers.

The document known as the ‘Strategic Compass’ on European security is expected to be approved at the European Council meeting in March. Macron has said in his speech that “in the coming weeks” Europe will draw up a proposal that should be later “in consultation with our NATO allies” and finally negotiated with Russia to create a space of continental stability.

Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic (President Ursula von der Leyen was unable to travel to Strasbourg) supported Macron’s words saying that the EU “will do whatever is necessary to defend our model of liberal democracy from all attacks”.

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