The main risk of introducing a no-fly zone over the territory of Ukraine is the beginning of the Third World War. On Sunday, March 13, he said in an interview with El Periodico High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
He said that at present the EU member states are making every effort to provide Ukraine with opportunities to protect its territory. This includes the supply of weapons and military equipment, as well as humanitarian assistance. Further escalation of the conflict, according to Borrell, could lead to an open confrontation with Russia and a nuclear threat.
“When someone asks for a no-fly zone, it implies the ability and willingness to shoot down Russian aircraft that violate it. This would mean expanding the conflict into a third world war, and it is obvious that we do not want to do this, ”added the EU High Representative.
Borrell hopes that it will be possible to influence the course of events through sanctions and the weakening of the Russian economy.
Earlier in the day, the head of diplomacy announced the absence of an imminent effect of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
On March 11, Spiegel columnist Markus Becker said that anti-Russian sanctions are splitting Europe itself. He noted that the sanctions that the EU imposes against Russia are hitting them harder. On the same day, it became known that the European Union and its G7 partners continue to work to increase economic pressure on Russia. A fourth round of sanctions is expected to be adopted soon.
However, on March 10, Borrell said that the EU had reached the limit of its ability to impose financial sanctions against Russia. According to him, very tough sanctions have been introduced against the Russian Federation, which will lay a heavy burden on the Russian economy.
On March 9, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that the Russian government is working to increase the resilience of the economy against the backdrop of sanctions. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov emphasized, the measures taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are systemic and correspond to the current “extraordinary unfriendly conditions.”
The sanctions came against the backdrop of an operation to protect the Donbass, which Moscow announced on February 24. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) announced the evacuation of residents in the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the LPR and the DPR.
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