EU Unity on Russia: Russia's strategy is to weaken EU - Tusk
Politics10:17 Oct. 21, 2016

Russia's strategy is to weaken EU - Tusk

EU leaders agreed to keep unity on Russia

Russia's strategy is to weaken the EU, but leaders of the bloc will keep the unity. Those were the words by the European Council President Donald Tusk after the five-hour summit discussion on the Union's ties with Moscow.

"Leaders emphasised all sorts of Russian activities, from airspace violations, disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks, interference into the political processes in the EU and beyond, hybrid tools in the Balkans, to developments in the MH17 investigation," Tusk told a news conference in the early morning hours of October 21.

"Given these examples, it is clear that Russia's strategy is to weaken the EU. We have a sober assessment of this reality, and no illusions," he said.

Tusk underlined that increasing tensions with Russia was not the EU's aim, and that the Union was just reacting to steps taken by Russia.

"Of course the EU is always ready to engage in dialogue. But we will never compromise our values or principles. That is why leaders agreed to stay the course. And above all to keep the unity of the EU," he added.


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