EFEPhnom Penh

The European Union and the United States are working together to support Ukraine in its effort against Russia, representatives from both parties said Thursday after meeting in Cambodia.

"The US and the EU continue to work hand in hand to roll back Russia's attack on Ukraine and the world system and economy," EU Foreign Policy Representative Josep Borrell said on Twitter after meeting Thursday in Phnom Penh with US State Secretary Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN.)

The two also discussed the Iranian nuclear agreement and the tension in the Taiwan Strait Borrell.

Minutes before the meeting, Borrell said both powers are working together to "defend and support Ukraine against Russian aggression" and said his meeting with Blinken is a good opportunity to remember "the food and energy crisis is not a consequence of sanctions imposed on Russia but of the war and the Russian blockade."

"We have to do more to counter the Russian narrative. It is important that the world understands who is guilty of that," he added.

The community diplomacy coordinator said both blocs also discussed the Iranian nuclear deal and "how to preserve peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait."

Blinken, who called Borrell a "first-rate partner," said both the EU and the US are interested, along with ASEAN, in "the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine," especially concerning food insecurity and energy prices.

The US State Secretary said they also addressed the situation in Myanmar "which has gone from bad to worse" due to the execution of four pro-democracy activists last week at the hands of the military junta, who hold power since the 2021 coup.

"We are both committed to the centrality of ASEAN," said Blinken, who didn’t refer in his speech to the tensions with China in the Taiwan Strait following the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The meeting took place after the G7 foreign ministers said "there is no justification" for China's "aggressive" military exercises in the Taiwan Strait after Pelosi's trip, words that Borrell endorsed. EFE

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