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'Brussels Was ... Asleep': Bildt Assesses EU's Mistakes Regarding Russia

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In an interview with RFE/RL in Brussels, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt talks frankly about the mistakes made by the European Union with regard to Russia, what he thinks the Russian president's next moves are likely to be, and why the bloc needs to engage more deeply with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Bildt spoke on March 22 with RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak on the sidelines of a Brussels Forum held by the German Marshall Fund.
 
RFE/RL: Looking back at the run-up to the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013, all the way up to today, what could the EU have done differently in its policy toward the East?
 
Carl Bildt: I think we should have reacted more strongly towards Russia when they started to misbehave in the summer of 2013. Clearly, when they started the sanctions against Ukraine, we didn't see clearly the implications of that, and I remember that [former Polish Foreign Minister] Radek [Sikorski] and myself were trying to alert Brussels and Brussels was more or less asleep. Would that have made a difference? I don't know. But that is clearly a mistake.
 

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'Brussels Was ... Asleep': Bildt Assesses EU's Mistakes Regarding Russia

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