If Russia invades Ukraine EU ready to retaliate against Russian aggression: Borrell

BRUSSELS: If Russia invades Ukraine, the European Union (EU) is prepared to defend against any conceivable cyber-attacks or hybrid threats, and is "quite well advanced" in its preparations for a reaction, according to Josep Borrell, the EU's senior diplomat in Brussels.

Following a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on Monday, he told journalists that the group was united in its policy. "Russia's military build-up in and around Ukraine, as well as its attempts to recreate dividing lines on our continent, undermine the core foundations and principles on which European security is built, and bring back dark memories of spheres of influence that do not belong in the twenty-first century," Borrell continued.

He stated that the EU has reaffirmed its unwavering support for Ukraine, and that any military assault against Ukraine will result in major consequences and massive costs for those who perpetrate it.

He went on to say that the Foreign Ministers had a long discussion on the future with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. "Even though Russian rhetoric does not aspire to a lot of confidence," Borrell said, united diplomatic efforts will continue to persuade Russia to adopt the path of negotiation.

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