On Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken maintained his first contacts with his EU counterparts as he attended the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).
The US diplomat was invited by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
Of particular importance is the fact that Blinken attended the FAC where Euro-Russian relations were discussed, an issue that is high on the agenda of the Biden administration.
In a State Department statement, Blinken stressed the United States’ commitment to repairing, reviving, and increasing the level of ambition in U.S.-EU relations. He stressed the importance of working closely with the EU and Member States to address global challenges based on shared values such as democracy, human rights and pluralism. During the FAC, Blinken, High Representative Borrell and EU Foreign Ministers discussed a joint response to pressing global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Iran, China and climate change, with the US Secretary of State welcomed the EU decision to impose sanctions on Russia under the human rights sanctions regime, in response to actions taken against Alexei Navalny and his supporters.
On the other hand, in the teleconference with the US Secretary of State, the FAC announced that the Council exchanged views on the core agenda of EU-US cooperation on key issues of global, foreign and security policy.
According to the official announcement, the discussion stressed the intention of the parties not only to deepen the EU-US partnership, but also their intention to form a joint global leadership to fight the pandemic and address the recovery, to mitigate climate change. and to ensure the promotion of democratic values. The discussion touched on international opportunities and challenges such as relations with China and Russia, Iran and security and defense.
According to exclusive information from IBNA, Turkey’s relations with the EU and the US were also discussed.
The US Secretary of State stressed that Turkey is an important partner that should remain in the West and not be tied to Moscow’s cart. Although Turkey is provoking numerous crises in its foreign policy and many issues of human rights and democracy are being raised within it, Blinken noted that there should be open channels of communication and joint discussion, expressing readiness for incentives and strengthening of relations, surely that concrete results will be given first.
There have been similar reports from other EU foreign ministers on Turkey, criticizing Turkey’s behavior.
Antony Blinken expressed his satisfaction with the exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey and the need for Turkey to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. US Secretary of State referred to US-backed regional co-operation in the Eastern Mediterranean, referring to 3 + 1 co-operation between Israel, Cyprus and Greece with US