How war in Ukraine ends matters, says EU foreign policy chief

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BRUSSELS, April 6 (Reuters) – The European Union wants the war in Ukraine to end as soon as possible, but how that happens is important too, its chief diplomat said on Wednesday, calling for the bloc to send more arms to Kyiv.

“We want it to end as soon as possible, but not in any way,” Josep Borrell told European Parliament.

“Because if we’re going to have a destroyed country that has been dismembered territorially and neutralized, with millions of people in exile, and millions of people dead, then no, we don’t want this war to end like this,” he said.

“That is why we have to continue arming Ukraine… More weapons, that is what the Ukrainians expect of us.”

Borrell noted that continued EU purchases of Russian oil and gas gave Russia many time more money than the financial aid the bloc has provided to Ukraine.

“We have given Ukraine 1 billion euros… but a billion euros is what we pay (Russian President Vladimir) Putin every day for the energy he provides us,” Borrell said.

Separately, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen told the parliament that the EU would impose more sanctions against Russia, likely including measures against oil imports.

Russia calls the conflict in Ukraine a “special military operation” launched to demilitarize a country that Putin regards as an illegitimate state.

The European Union will have to introduce measures against imports of Russian oil and even gas at some point as a way to pressure Moscow to stop its invasion of Ukraine, the chairman of EU leaders Charles Michel said on Wednesday.

“I think that measures on oil and even gas will also be needed sooner or later,” Michel told the European Parliament.

(L-R) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, President of the European Council Charles Michel and foreign policy chief Josep Borrell chat before a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 06 April 2022. The European Parliament on 06 April will review the results of the European Council held on 24 and 25 March, focusing on the latest developments of the war in Ukraine and the EU sanctions against Russia. EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

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