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Federica Mogherini on the situation in Ukraine

December 5, 2018

On 3 December, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini gave a speech at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs during her visit to the USA.

In her speech, she commented on the situation in Ukraine.

“We have seen in these very weeks that we share the same interest in addressing Russia's violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity: only together can Europe and America face the challenges that Russia poses on European soil, but also elsewhere,” she said.

“Since the illegal annexation of Crimea we have both stated constantly that borders must not and cannot be changed by military force and that when this basic principle is violated we are all less secure. And the current events in the Sea of Azov are somehow – I would not say the inevitable consequence, because things like that should always be avoidable but – the direct consequence of a clear violation of the basic rules of peaceful co-existence on European territory. Europe and America have been together in pointing out these violations and also in responding to them.”

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Mogherini speech – full text

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