As the US talks to Russia, Europe is unhappy in the margins: what is behind it?

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visited Ukrainian troops in Donbass last week and looked at the positions of Russian-backed separatists over the fence.

“It simply came to our notice then. “The European Union is Ukraine’s most reliable partner and cannot be just an observer while the United States, NATO and Russia discuss European security,” the diplomat said during a visit to Ukraine.

The visit was followed by views that Mr Borrell’s journey signaled a renewed EU interest in the idea of ​​Community strategic autonomy and a stronger focus on defense in general.

But others point the fingers at the facts. Europeans were not there on Monday when U.S. and Russian diplomats sat in Geneva to discuss European security issues. The EU, as an institution, will not be there when the NATO-Russia Council meets on Wednesday, although 21 countries belong to both the Community and the Alliance.

AFP / Photo by Scanpix / Wendy Sherman and Sergei Riabkov

And while EU members like France and Germany are talking to Russia separately, it is clear that President Vladimir Putin does not see the Community as an independent player – understand, the bloc is just stuck with US wishes and decisions.

“It is very annoying for Europeans at this very difficult time – the last months have been unprecedented since the end of the Cold War. It’s about our security, but it’s not about our conversations, “French security analyst Francois Heisbourg told The New York Times.

15min analysts interviewed agreed that Europe was largely to blame for not paying attention to it – although, of course, US diplomats say they are aligning all decisions and agendas with their allies on the Old Continent.

On the other hand, the Community is not included in the ongoing negotiations, primarily because Russia itself does not want to talk to it – it is in the Kremlin’s interest to talk only to the United States and to avoid discussions with international organizations.

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