Russia now poses “most immediate threat” for the international order, after its military invasion of Ukraine, said today in Tokyo the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Russia “is today the most immediate threat to the world order“with its barbaric war against Ukraine and its disturbing agreement with China,” said von der Layen after talks with President of the European Council Charles Michel, by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
The top two European officials are in Tokyo today for the annual Japan-EU round of talks, this time in the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, amid growing concerns about China’s military ambitions.
“THE invasion of Russia in Ukraine not only concerns Europe, it shakes the heart of the international order, and in Asia. “It must not be tolerated.” For his part, Mr. Kishinda, whose government has adopted some of the Western sanctions against Moscow, especially in the financial and energy sectors.
At the same time, the most aggressive stance that the West and its allies in Asia accuse China of is also on the agenda, with the EU seek to play a more active role.
«Our cooperation in Ukraine is crucial in Europe“But it is also important in the Indo-Pacific region and we also want to deepen our consultations on China, which is becoming increasingly assertive,” said Michel.
“We believe that China needs to reaffirm that it will defend the multilateral system it has used to grow,” he added.
Mrs. von der Layen said that the EU and Japan will strengthen their cooperationespecially with the digital partnership, a first for Europe, which will be about competitiveness and security in this field.
He added that the two sides would work together to “diversify and strengthen” their supply chains.
“This is important because there are materials and technologies that have become obsolete for our economy and our daily lives, such as semiconductors, for example. “We must be able to count on reliable supply chains,” he said.