Borrell defends that the war in Ukraine ends soon but stresses that it is up to Putin to stop the aggression

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BRUSSELS, Sep. 13 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, has assured that the European Union wants to end the war in Ukraine soon, but has avoided pressuring kyiv to negotiate and has insisted that it is up to Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop aggression against the neighboring country.

“We, on the part of the EU, want the negotiations to be as soon as possible, but the negotiations do not take place by chance, nor by a miracle, but when circumstances allow it and the will of the aggressor allows it”, he assured in a turn of questions and answers in the European Parliament on the progress of the conflict in Ukraine.

In this sense, Borrell has pointed out that the responsibility of sitting down to negotiate the end of the conflict does not fall on the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, “who is the victim”, but on the aggressor, that is, Russia.

“The aggressor should be asked when and how he wants to stop the aggression”, he indicated in front of MEPs in Strasbourg, France, to emphasize that his opinion on the negotiations does not matter because the priority is, in this case, the position defended by kyiv .

Faced with criticism from a left-wing MEP for sending weapons, Borrell has stated that right now this supply is the best policy to build peace. “Now we are helping Ukraine to defend itself against aggression, this is what we are doing and this is a necessary step for there to be a peace that deserves that name”, he pointed out in an applauded speech in which he stressed that any way out to the conflict must respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

Regarding possible contacts with Putin, the head of European diplomacy has assured that there are important things to discuss with Moscow and, specifically, with its president, since he is the one “in the command post in Russia”. “We cannot talk to another”, he has exposed, defending having diplomatic channels with the Kremlin.

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