European security situation: notions of ‘spheres of influence’ have no place in the 21st century

European security situation: notions of ‘spheres of influence’ have no place in the 21st century

January 25, 2022

On 24 January, the Council of the European Union approved conclusions on the European security situation, asserting that it is indivisible and that any challenge to its order affects the security of the EU and its member states.

In its conclusions, the Council condemned Russia’s continued aggressive actions and threats against Ukraine. It also called on Russia to de-escalate, abide by international law and engage constructively in dialogue through the established international mechanisms. It also mentioned that any further military aggression towards Ukraine will have huge consequences and severe costs.

The EU confirmed its united approach concerning its unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and other Eastern Neighbourhood partners within their internationally recognised borders. It also reiterated the importance of further strengthening the resilience and response capabilities of the EU and its close partners. This covers countering cyber and hybrid attacks and foreign information manipulation and interference, disinformation included.

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