International developing world views on Mogherini’s First Priority
Euractiv bssb.be 06.09.14
A recent report from Euractiv Greece unveiled an ambiguous position of the European Commission regarding the question of alignment of candidate member-states Serbia and Turkey with the EU against Russia with reference to bans in food imports. But we should first define, if candidate member-states have to abide by certain policy decisions of the EU or are not obliged to follow these decisions as long as they are not full member-states; but even if they were, it is evident that the EU is not behaving with one voice and one policy. As well we do have member-states that use diplomacy more as a tool to promote national interest rather than joint European interests.
We should also acknowledge the delicate balances that exist in geopolitical & economic terms for Serbia and Turkey vis-à-vis Russia. if the EU wants to be act as a prominent geopolitical power exerting influence in its area, it should first protect its member-states (regarding Russia, from the risk of gas shortage in winter) and then respect the regional capacity and scopes of other adjacent geopolitical powers, like Russia.
That is, to reconsider its position against Kremlin and try to find a compromise in Ukraine.
In the meantime, EU leaders should also freeze any expansion of NATO in neighbouring states and control statements over “military capacity”, “security assertiveness” and “protection shield”.
As Baroness Catherine Ashton foresaw the pivotal role of Iran as a potential energy & geopolitical partner for the EU in the Middle East up to the Geneva Accords last November, it is now the time for Federica Mogherini to act accordingly with Russia and conceptualize the security risks involved.