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Newsline: EU’s diplomats did not believe war was coming

Europe didn’t want to believe that Russia would actually attack its eastern European neighbor, the European Union’s top diplomat revealed. “Some things have happened in the past that we knew they could happen, but some of them have been a surprise,” said Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign and security policy chief, during a speech at the bloc’s ambassadors conference in Brussels. “I remember very well when [US Secretary of State Antony] Blinken phoned me and told me, ‘Well, it is going to happen this weekend.’ And certainly, two days later, at 5 o’clock in the morning, [Russia] started bombing Kyiv,” he recalled. (https://news.yahoo.com/europe-didnt-want-believe-russia-151313930.html) “We did not believe that the war was coming. I have to recognise that here, in Brussels. The Americans were telling us, ‘They will attack, they will attack,’ and we were quite reluctant to believe it,” Borrell said.

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