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'Do not exaggerate': Borrell urges to stop frightening EU leaders with war

'Do not exaggerate': Borrell urges to stop frightening EU leaders with war Josep Borrell, the head of EU diplomacy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

The head of European Union diplomacy, Josep Borrell, has stated that it is necessary to stop frightening civilians and leaders of European countries with the prospect of war. He emphasized that war is not inevitable, reports The Guardian.

"The calls for European leaders to be aware of the challenges they are facing are good but we don’t have to exaggerate either. War is not imminent. I’ve heard certain voices say war is imminent. Well, thank God it is not imminent," noted Borrell.

According to him, European countries simply support Ukraine but are not participating in a war with Russia. However, he emphasized that EU countries should prepare for the future by enhancing their defense capabilities.

"...but don’t frighten people unneccessarily, war is not imminent. What is imminent is the need to support for Ukraine," Borrell added.


The EU summit with the participation of bloc leaders is ongoing on March 21-22. Charles Michel, the head of the European Council, mentioned in the summit invitation that the EU must transition to a wartime economy due to potential future threats from Russia.

He emphasized that the bloc faces the greatest security threat since World War II. Therefore, it is time to take radical and specific steps to be prepared for defense and to put the EU economy on a "war footing."

European leaders have repeatedly warned about the threat of a Russian attack. In particular, Polish President Andrzej Duda has anticipated an attack by the aggressor country in 2026.