The Council of the European Union has decided at the level of foreign ministers on a three-pronged approach to relations with the Russian Federation.

Vice President of the European Commission, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell announced this at a briefing after a meeting of the Council of the European Union at the level of EU foreign ministers.

In particular, according to him, the foreign ministers of the EU member states unanimously interpreted that the latest actions by Russia and responses indicate a clear signal that it is not interested in cooperation with the European Union, but, on the contrary, it [looks] interested in “confrontation and disengagement from the European Union.”

In this regard, the foreign ministers on Monday, February 22, decided on a three-pronged approach to relations with Russia.

In particular, the EU will “push back when [Russia] infringes international law and human rights.”

The second area of interaction between the EU countries is designed “to contain when [Russia] seeks to increase pressure on [the EU], including through disinformation and cyber attacks,” and the third is “to engage when and on issues where we have an interest in doing so,” he said.

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