The European Union (EU) is limited in terms of pressure on Russia, while the member-states should stick to a single policy. This was stated by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell at a meeting of the European Parliament (EP) on April 28.
“The EU states must remain united. The EU capitals determine the policy towards Russia. We in the EU are trying to build a common foreign policy line, but whether we like it or not, foreign policy remains the prerogative of the member states. If there is no unity, there will be no common European policy. The leaders of EU countries must not say one thing in Brussels and then act differently when they come back to their capitals,” Borrell said during the meeting, which was broadcast on the website of the European Parliament.
Borrell also commented on the demands of the MEPs to disconnect Russia from SWIFT international payment system and to stop the implementation of the Nord Stream-2. He noted that SWIFT is an international private company, so the EU does not have the competence to do so. He also called the subject of Nord Stream-2 controversial.
Earlier this day, it was reported that the European Parliament called on the EU to stop the project “Nord Stream – 2. The EP argued its position with the need to reduce dependence on Russian energy.
April 20, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany opted for Nord Stream – 2 despite criticism of the EU countries. She noted that there is a political struggle around the project, but Berlin should maintain cooperation with Moscow, including in the energy sector.