Listening to Victor Terradellas in the framework of the Voloh operation in which he presumed to have a commitment from the Kremlin so that they will send him 10,000 Russian soldiers to Catalonia after the declaration of independence it has not transpired in the upper echelons of the European Union.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has the matter of the Russian interference in places like Syria or Libya as a priority on his agenda, but he disassociates it from the information that has appeared on Catalonia. “Catalonia was only on the table of the European Union on October 1, 2017”, explain the sources consulted by Vozpópuli.
Beyond the investigation underway by the Civil Guard and the indications of corruption of positions of ERC and JxCat, the issue of a hypothetical Russian aid to the rupturist plans of Carles Puigdemont It “doesn’t even register” in the day-to-day life of the European Union. From the Department led by Borrell they circumscribe it to some wiretaps from a man “without public office”: “At this low level nothing will be done. The alleged author of the recordings is a man without charge. Characters like this are found in all member countries ”.
On Borrell’s agenda is the “great problem of the activity of Russia and Turkey throughout the Mediterranean. In places like Libya or Syria, they are making it their own. Waves oil exploration What is Turkey doing off the coast of Cyprus. These are the serious problems ”, add the sources consulted.
Nobody denies the influence that Russia tries to have on the continent and the flirtations of some of Puigdemont’s men with Putin, but they do not pose anywhere near the level of threat that other Kremlin operations represent in countries bordering the European Union.
The MEPs consulted by this means also recognize that the wiretapping of Terradellas has not been a cause for concern in the European Parliament, although the job of many of these parliamentarians is to denounce within the European Union the risk that the process represents for European interests.
They point out, however, the difference between the debates in the plenary session of Parliament and the attention that the governments of other countries can give to the issue. That is, despite the fact that MEPs bring national issues to the plenary sessions of the European Parliament, many times these interventions end up being only for internal consumption, with a practically empty hemicycle. “In all countries there are Eurosceptic or pro-Russian forces, but it does not mean that they are a real threat,” they explain.
Other times the interest is only mediatic and due to the formalism in the response of the spokesmen of the European Union, who are obliged to answer all the questions, confusion is generated about the real importance they give to an issue. “The procedure of the European Parliament, with daily press conferences, makes it often speak on behalf of the European Union when in reality it has only been a formal response to a journalist ”, these sources abound to delimit that a response from European spokespersons on Catalonia does not mean that it is a priority issue or in the Union or by the Member States.
In fact, the sources consulted cite the Guide for Holding Referendums, approved by the European Commission, as an example that “Catalonia is not even mentioned there”. Although it represents a clear support for Spain and respect for constitutional norms in any direct voting process, it is avoided to speak of the referendum of October 1, 2017.
Although Borrell knows the Catalan reality well, his new responsibility prevents him from speaking about “internal affairs”
For this reason, these sources point out, they exclude the preparation of any community-wide report on the Voloh case. And they remember that even though Borrell knows the Catalan reality well, his new responsibility prevents him from speaking about “internal affairs.” All his public interventions have dealt with security and defense issues in the face of the main threats posed by the old continent. And the conversations about Russia as a possible ally of Terradellas that are inferred from the eavesdropping is not one of them.