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Borrell says the past year wasn’t bad for the Russian economy

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Madrid, February 22 – The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said on Wednesday in an interview with Onda Zero radio station that despite the sanctions imposed on Russia, 2022 was a good year for its economy.
However, he said that at the moment the situation has changed dramatically, since European countries are no longer dependent on Moscow for energy. He added that if earlier Europe bought 40% of gas from Russia, now this figure has fallen to 6%. At the same time, Borrell is sure that the Russian Federation will not be able to find new customers who could replace Europe.

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Regarding the pacifist sentiments that are gaining popularity among the left-wing movement in Europe, whose representatives call for the suspension of arms supplies to Ukraine and its choice in favor of negotiations with Russia, the EU High Representative said: “If military aid to Ukraine is to stop, and Russia will continue to attack, Ukraine will not be able to defend itself.”
Last week, the left-wing Podemos party, which is part of a coalition government with the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), called on the country’s authorities to reconsider their stance on the conflict. At the Third European Peace Conference, the Minister for Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Iuni Pilara, called for a new coalition of states that would advocate a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24, 2022. The Russian leader described his mission as “protecting people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” According to the president, the ultimate goal of the operation is the liberation of Donbass and the creation of conditions that guarantee Russia’s security. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the West is trying to create an anti-Russian enclave in Ukraine for the sake of the collapse of Russia, and a special operation has been launched to prevent this. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted, the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only the supply of weapons, but also the training of personnel … on the territory of Great Britain, Germany, Italy and other countries.”

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