The Heads of Government laid the foundations for improved diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation on Day 2 of SUNY Model EU conference on Friday.
The way in which the HOGs proposed to do this is with a resolution titled “Proposal for the Betterment of European Relations with the Russian Federation.” This resolution was spearheaded by Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. He drafted the bill after much talk about how to handle the conflict with the Russian Federation.
The conference started with the delegation discussing the most important aspects of improved diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation. Then the majority decision was reached: the conference wants to limit sanctions and lose the dependency on Russian energy.
The conference also decided that it wishes to remain as diplomatic as possible, but to not show weakness. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said Russia needs to be stood up to, but wishes to not antagonize the world power and cause a war.
France also wanted to discuss the possibility of increasing the battle groups, whose main purpose would be to battle the Russian Federation if necessary. The French proposal was shot down by the majority of the conference as the formation of battle groups would be viewed as a sign of aggression by the EU.
The core of this resolution actually lies in the beliefs held by Bettel. Bettel stated he believes the best way to improve relations with Russia is to go to into negotiations on an equal playing field, and that the best way to do that is limiting the consumer- supplier relationship the EU has with Russia.
The resolution has some interesting points worth mentioning. The first is the 11th principle, which simply states that the EUs will lift the current sanctions until Russia acts in good faith. This principle shows that the EU is willing to work Russia, but only if the federation works with the EU. The resolution also ensures that Russia acknowledges that the current sanctions are proper as they deserved it with multiple aggressive maneuvers.
The resolution calls for increased funding for energy research, while supporting infrastructure development in the EU. The idea of this resolution, according to Bettel, is to improve friendly relations with the Russian Federation, and to ensure that each party looks at each other as equals and nothing more.