Borrell ラブロフと張り合おうとしても到底無理: ずくなしの冷や水

2022年07月30日

Borrell ラブロフと張り合おうとしても到底無理



Cover me, not Lavrov – EU's top diplomat tells media
Josep Borrell complains that the Western media keeps ignoring him, while reporting the Russian foreign minister's words
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has complained that he’s less popular with the Western media than Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER on Tuesday, Borrell touched on the Russian foreign minister’s recent tour of Egypt, DR Congo, Ethiopia and Uganda, saying: “Lavrov goes to Africa and tries to persuade the Africans that sanctions are to blame for all that’s happening... and the whole of the Western media repeats it.”

“I go to Africa to say the opposite, that sanctions have nothing to do with it, and nobody picks it up,” he lamented.

The EU foreign policy chief explained the attention Lavrov is getting, saying: “There’s a certain tendency to listen to the enemy, the adversary.”

“Lies circulate faster than the truth,” and because of this Brussels should “redouble” efforts to explain its stance to the public, he concluded.

The US news magazine Politico echoed the comparison between the diplomats’ Africa trips in an article on Monday, saying the contest for an African audience, between the EU and Russian diplomats, was “lopsided” in favour of Lavrov.

An opinion piece, explaining the role of the US and the EU in Africa’s food crisis, which the Russian foreign minister penned before his tour of the continent, was picked up by scores of local media outlets and shared by thousands of people on Facebook, it pointed out.

“Over the same time period, Josep Borrell… was a virtual ghost online, based on data from CrowdTangle, a social media analytics tool owned by Meta. He garnered just one mention on Facebook about Africa compared to Lavrov’s tidal wave of coverage,” Politico wrote.

According to the outlet, this situation “highlights what many within EU political circles have known for years, but few are willing to acknowledge publicly.”

In the information battle with Moscow, Brussels “remains outmatched, outgunned and under-resourced to combat the Kremlin's sophisticated playbook,” it concluded.

Last week, Ukraine, Russia, the UN and Turkey signed a deal to unblock exports of grain from Ukrainian ports. In addition, Russia and the United Nations signed a memorandum implying the UN’s involvement in lifting restrictions on the export of Russian grain and fertilizers to world markets.

EU makes new Russian gas pledge
The bloc will look for alternative energy sources, but it won’t happen overnight, Josep Borrell promises
The European Union will wean itself off natural gas supplied by Russia in the coming years, the bloc’s top diplomat promised on Thursday.

Speaking to Television Espanola, Josep Borrell, the high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, said EU members had come to the conclusion that they are too dependent on Russian gas.

“First it will be coal, then... oil... but it will take more time to [phase out Russian] gas, because we have to adapt, we cannot go from 40% to 0% overnight,” he said. “And Russia knows that we will stop buying its gas.”

“Russia wants to sell its gas, but not necessarily to us,” Borrell added, urging EU member states to cut down on energy consumption voluntarily so that the authorities will not have to enforce mandatory restrictions.

The EU diplomat also said that the bloc had already made efforts to cut back on Russian gas. “We have already started saving Russian gas,” he noted. “Reducing average heating temperature in Europe by one degree is equivalent to saving 6% of gas.”

According to Borrell, before the conflict in Ukraine broke out, Europe imported about 40% of its natural gas from Russia, but that figure has now dropped to around 20%.

“We have approved almost all [sanctions on Russia] that we could have,” he said. “But the situation with the gas is the opposite; the point isn’t that we don’t want to buy it, the point is that [Russia] may refuse to sell it to us.”

Earlier this week, EU nations agreed to reduce their use of gas in preparation for a potential complete stoppage of supplies from Russia. The emergency plan will see member states voluntarily reduce their consumption of natural gas by 15% between August 2022 and the end of March 2023. In adopting this controversial scheme, EU members hope it will soften the impact if Moscow decides to stop deliveries.

Although the plan has sparked some protest within the bloc, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended it, saying the EU “must be prepared for the worst-case scenario,” while describing Moscow as “not a reliable partner for Europe’s energy supply.”

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed speculation about Moscow’s intentions to cut off the EU from gas supplies. Despite tense relations between Moscow and Brussels over Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, Gazprom is “ready to pump as much as necessary,” but it is the EU that has “closed everything themselves,” he said.
欧州連合は代替エネルギー源を探すが、一夜にして実現するものではない、とジョセップ・ボレルが約束した。
欧州連合(EU)は今後数年間で、ロシアから供給される天然ガスから脱却すると、EUのトップ外交官が木曜日に約束した。

テレビエスパニョーラの取材に応じたEU外務・安全保障政策上級代表のジョセップ・ボレル氏は、EU加盟国はロシアのガスに依存しすぎているという結論に至ったと述べた。

「まず石炭、次に石油......だが、(ロシアの)ガスを廃止するにはもっと時間がかかるだろう。「ロシアは、我々がガスを買わなくなることを知っている。

ボレルは、「ロシアはガスを売りたがっているが、必ずしも我々に売る必要はない」と付け加え、EU加盟国に対し、当局が強制的な規制をする必要がないように、自発的にエネルギー消費を削減するよう促した。

EUの外交官はまた、EUはすでにロシアのガスを削減する努力を行ってきたと述べた。「我々はすでにロシアのガスの節約を始めている」と指摘した。"ヨーロッパの平均暖房温度を1度下げることは、6%のガスの節約に相当する"

ボレル氏によると、ウクライナ紛争勃発前、欧州は天然ガスの約4割をロシアから輸入していたが、現在は約2割に減少しているという。

"我々は持てる限りの(ロシアへの)制裁をほぼすべて承認した"。"しかし、ガスの状況は逆だ。ポイントは、我々がそれを買いたくないということではなく、(ロシアが)我々に売ることを拒否するかもしれないということだ "と述べた。

今週初め、EU諸国は、ロシアからの供給が完全にストップする可能性に備えて、ガスの使用を減らすことに合意した。この緊急計画では、加盟国が2022年8月から2023年3月末までの間に天然ガスの消費量を自主的に15%削減することになっている。EU加盟国は、この議論を呼ぶ計画を採用することで、モスクワが供給を停止することになった場合の影響を和らげることを期待している。

この計画はEU内で反発を招いているが、欧州委員会のウルスラ・フォン・デア・ライエン委員長は、モスクワを「欧州のエネルギー供給にとって信頼できるパートナーではない」としながらも、「EUは最悪のシナリオに備えなければならない」と擁護している。

今月初め、ロシアのプーチン大統領は、モスクワがEUへのガス供給を断つつもりであるという憶測を否定した。ロシアのウクライナでの軍事作戦をめぐりモスクワとブリュッセルの関係が緊迫しているにもかかわらず、ガスプロムは「必要なだけ送出する用意がある」、しかし「すべてを自ら閉じてしまった」のはEUの方だという。
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