19 January 2018, Friday, 10:10

Federica Mogherini: NATO must defend security of Poland and Baltic States


The members of the Alliance bordering with Russia must be sure they will be defended in case of an attack.

Federica Mogherini, the Italian foreign minister and the EU's new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is convinced NATO should secure the defence of all its member states amid the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Interfax reports.

“All those countries in the alliance that share a border with Russia need to be sure that article five [on collective defence of the allies] is not just a written text,” she said at a meeting of the EP's Committee on Foreign Affairs in Brussels.

Federica Mogherini reminded the committee members that a NATO summit would be held in Wales on 4-5 September, where the situation in Ukraine and NATO's response to Russia's actions would be high on the agenda.

Speaking about the EU-Russian relations, the Italian foreign minister emphasised again that strategic partnership was over. “That was a choice of Moscow first of all,” she noted.

The Italian foreign minister a political solution to the Ukrainian crisis based on principles of Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence should be found. She notes the work on further sanctions against Russia continues after a decision of the EU leaders on August 30.

Federica Mogherini thinks the conditions for a solution of the conflict are a bilateral ceasefire, establishing control on the border, stemming the flow of weapons and troops across the Ukrainian border, the release of hostages and providing unrestricted access to the crash site of flight MH17.