At the EU summit held on 20-21 October in Brussels, as expected, touched on the subject of Russian interference in the internal politics of Europe. European leaders agreed that Russia is trying to weaken the EU, which you want to save your single course towards Moscow.
With the corresponding statement was made at a press conference in the framework of the summit, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, reports “Interfax”. “Russia continues its subversive activities against violations of airspace of the EU, disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks, interference in political processes in the EU and the countries beyond, the use of hybrid vehicles in the Balkans before the intervention in the investigation of the crash of flight MH17,” – said the politician.
“Given these examples, it becomes clear that Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU” – said Tusk. “We see the reality, we have no illusions”, – TASS quoted a European policy.
The head of the Council of Europe noted that the EU aim is not to create tensions with Russia, according to Reuters. “Of course, the EU is always ready to dialogue, but we will not compromise our values and principles. That’s why we decided to stay the course and above all to preserve the unity of the EU” – said Tusk.
Tusk also announced about the readiness of the EU to help investigate the crash of flight MH17 over Donbass. “The leaders (of the 28 EU countries. – Approx. NEWSru.com) expressed full support for the efforts of the government of the Netherlands in an ongoing investigation. All countries that have the opportunity to help investigate and prosecute the perpetrators, have to do it”, – said the head of the European Council.
In addition, at the EU summit, leaders agreed to consider all possible reactions, if Russia continues to attack the civilian population of Aleppo with the Syrian army. However, at the meeting of EU leaders not to impose sanctions against Russia in connection with the situation in Syria was discussed only the possibility of imposing punitive measures.
In a draft statement at the summit also stated that “the EU is considering all options, including further restrictive measures against individuals and entities supporting the regime who intend to continue the current atrocities”.