11.07.2018 | EU fears 'Russian agression' in Ukraine amid World War 3 fears ahead of crunch NATO talks
Source - The Daily Express
Donald Tusk, the EU Council chairman, made the remarks in Brussels on Monday ahead of the most important NATO summit in years.
On Monday, Tusk said: “Russia’s image must not only depend on the organisation of football championships but on what is the reality – the substance of its politics.”
His comments are viewed as an attempt to refocus attention on the Russia/Ukraine conflict and the actions of Putin on the global stage.
Donald Tusk also held a summit with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, as he spelt out the EU policy on Ukraine.
A declaration issued in the name of the 28 EU states recognises the “clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces”.
It continued: “We continue to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation… We remain committed to fully implement our respected non-recognition policies."
It also named six Russian political prisoners and a Ukrainian film-maker, Oleg Sentov, who is on hunger strike.
The EU has raised concerns that Donald Trump may "legitimise Russia’s violence" and attempted takeover of parts of Ukraine, saying “we’re going to have to see” whether he recognises Putin’s efforts to gain control of Crimea.
Tusk met with the American Ambassador to the EU earlier this week and urged the Ambassador to deliver his message to Donald Trump.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014, the EU has become more outspoken on relations between the two countries.
Next week Trump and Putin will hold a summit that will address European security as Russia has seen its image improve since hosting the World Cup finals.