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EU moves toward [not] new official Russia policy: Isolation, 15 Nov
The most notable updated principle? "Isolating Russia internationally, imposing and implementing restrictive measures against Russia and preventing their circumvention."
oh. Ostratacizing Russian arts and nationals lawfully present in EU, bid-rigging commodity prices worldwide, "freezing and seizing" personal property  as well as punitive sanctions against anyone on planet doing business with RF eNTitiEs on land or at sea?
In some ways, the tweak is a mere reflection of the on-the-ground reality. Since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the EU has focused on adopting and then enforcing sweeping sanctions targeting much of the country's economy, imports and exports.
Other than isolation, the document's top principles include "ensuring accountability" for any Russian war crimes and "supporting EU neighbors" -- largely a reference to the Balkan countries, several of which are seeking EU membership. It also references "working closely together with NATO allies," "supporting civil society" in Russia and "enhancing the EU resilience," a nod to the bloc's energy reliance on Moscow, the rise of cyberattacks and the proliferation of digital disinformation. EU top diplomat Josep ["Jungle Gardner"] Borrell may address the subject at a press conference later on Monday.

The new draft barely resembles the one the EU has ["]technically["] been working off of since 2016. That document included a number of principles that no longer apply: Ending a conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukraine in the country's east, selectively engaging Russia on issues like counterterrorism[,] and supporting people-to-people contacts.

Rishi Sunak ditches plan to class China as a `threat' to UK security, 15 Nov
"If you look at the U.S. national security strategy that was published just a couple of weeks ago, and if you look at how they describe their view of China and how to deal with it, I think you'll find that it's very similar to how I've just described it," he said. "The Canadians, the Australians -- their versions of that strategy all say similar things."
Strategic Competition with the People's Republic of China (PRC). The most comprehensive and serious challenge to U.S. national security is the PRC's coercive and increasingly aggressive endeavor to refashion the Indo-Pacific region and the international system to suit its interests and authoritarian preferences. The PRC seeks to undermine U.S. alliances and security partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region, and leverage its growing capabilities, including its economic influence and the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) growing strength and military footprint, to coerce its neighbors and threaten their interests....

Russia as an Acute Threat. Even as the PRC poses the Department's pacing challenge, recent events underscore the acute threat posed by Russia. Contemptuous of its neighbors' independence, Russia's government seeks to use force to impose border changes and to reimpose an imperial sphere of influence.  Its extensive track record of territorial aggression includes the escalation of its brutal, unprovoked war against Ukraine. Although its leaders' political and military actions intended to fracture NATO have backfired dramatically, the goal remains. Russia presents serious, continuing risks in key areas. These include nuclear threats to the homeland and U.S. Allies and partners...

He also refused to say the U.K. should send arms to Taiwan, as Truss controversially vowed to while she was foreign secretary. "We're considering all these things as part of the refresh of the integrated review," he said.
by Cat on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 05:58:12 PM EST
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