Russia is the “most direct menace” to the worldwide order due to its invasion of Ukraine, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned in Tokyo on Thursday.
“[Russia] is as we speak essentially the most direct menace to the world order with the barbaric warfare in opposition to Ukraine, and its worrying pact with China,” she mentioned after assembly Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida together with European Council President Charles Michel.
The highest EU officers are in Tokyo for an annual spherical of talks that comes with a lot of the worldwide group rallying to strain Moscow over the Ukraine warfare, with concern additionally rising about China’s function.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not only a matter for Europe, however it shakes the core of the worldwide order, together with Asia. This should not be tolerated,” mentioned Mr Kishida, whose authorities has joined in robust sanctions on Moscow, together with on power.
Beijing’s more and more muscular stance in Asia was additionally on the agenda, with the EU seeking to take a extra high-profile function in confronting China.
“Our cooperation in Ukraine is important in Europe, however it’s additionally necessary within the Indo-Pacific and we additionally need to deepen our session on a extra assertive China,” mentioned Mr Michel.
“We imagine that China should stand as much as defend the multilateral system that it has benefitted from in growing its nation.”