As the U.S. seeks to calm Russia's tensions, Europe pushes to be included

The US seeks to calm Russian tensions as Europe pushes in

January 7, 2022: -The United States and Russia are having key talks next week, and the EU’s top diplomat is disappointed that the bloc will not be around the table as well. A potential Russian invasion of Ukraine is a top concern for leaders, given multiple reports of heightened military activity close to the border. On Monday, in a bid to ease these tensions, top U.S. and Russian officials will be gathering in Geneva, Switzerland.

This meeting will precede broader talks between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members on Wednesday.

Although, the EU, the political and economic group of 27 nations, will not be present as a whole despite several of its members bordering Russia.

“There is no security in Europe without the security of Ukraine. And any discussion on European security including European Union and Ukraine,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative in charge of foreign affairs, said at a press conference.

“Any discussion about Ukraine must involve Ukraine first of all. And the talk about security in Europe cannot be done without not only the consultations, but the participation of the Europeans,” Borrell said in Ukraine, where he visited the eastern part of the nation where low-scale military skirmishes amid Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian forces have been going on for several years.

This marked the first time the EU’s top diplomat visited the conflict-hit region.

Although, an analyst at consultancy firm Teneo said that excluding the EU from the talks is not surprising.

“The sidelining of the EU from the upcoming talks is surprising, given that NATO, and particularly the U.S., serves as the main guarantor of security in CEE,” Andrius Tursa said Wednesday in a note.

The EU does not have a strong defense capacity. It relies mainly on NATO, and too few extents, on the U.S. when it comes to security.

But, regardless of its security capacities, there’s a lot at stake for the EU in upcoming talks with Russia, which include the energy front.

The majority of natural gas going into Europe already comes from Russia. According to Eurostat, in 2020, this represented about 43% of the total gas imports to the bloc. And a critical pipeline between Russia and Germany, Nord Stream 2, is hanging in the balance amid the ongoing tensions with the Kremlin. This is a problem for Russia as it could be making more money from gas exports, and for the EU too as it could help to contain some of the price increases registered in the last months.

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