"Worse than that, it is coming to war on the continent, which war risks becoming the deadliest since the Balkan wars. Whoever violates the boundaries, disturbs peace," the head of the European Council, speaking at the Institute of Political Studies.
He noted that European countries have been able to present a united front in support of Ukraine against Russia, despite differences related to energy interests, geographical situation, and historical experience.
According to him, it shows "an overall commitment and understanding of the common strategic interests beyond the calculations of shopkeepers." In this he also sees a "culture of compromise in the Union", as the EU leaders understand that they cannot act alone.
"Today the most important is the following. Since the ceasefire under Minsk protocol of Sept. 5, about 1,000 died. I do not call it a ceasefire anymore. Future ceasefire [agreements] are destined to the same fate if we restrict ourselves to the control of the situation on the spot. We need a global solution. We need to find a way for Ukraine to become a decentralized (or federalized) and inclusive country. We need to define the place of Ukraine in Europe," van Rompuy said.
In his opinion, Ukraine must move closer to Europe, as desired by the majority of the population while at the same establish correct relations with Russia, "its neighbor, with which it shares a common history, culture and language." Its boundaries, and therefore, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should be respected, but the minorities should be respected as well.
European Council chairman, whose mandate expires in November believes that it is necessary to consider all these problems in-depth and gather the main parties around the negotiations table to reach an agreement of the Oslo Accords type.
"Such a dialogue requires, time and time again, political trust, return of confidence, because today it is sorely lacking," van Rompuy noted.
He explained that with such a global approach, Europe must play a role, because Russia's relations with the European Union are a part of the coil of problems that must be dealt with.
H. Van Rompuy said that his successor (Donald Tusk) is quite aware of this.
Donald Tusk should take his new post on Dec. 1, 2014.