Europarats-Präsident Tusk gibt der New York Times ein Interview. Eine von Tusks Haupt-Sorgen ist, daß wenige Europäer fähig sind, über einen möglichen heißen Krieg nachzudenken. Das zu tun sei unakzeptabel in der öffentlichen Meinung. Diese Weigerung ließe Europa unvorbereitet für die Verteidigung gemeinsamer westlicher Werte gegen undemokratische Kräfte wie Russland und andere.

Tusk findet die russischen Vorwürfe eines vom Westen orchestrierten Sturzes von Janukowitsch lächerlich.

Die transatlantische Beziehungen garantieren laut Tusk, daß Demokratie, freie Marktwirtschaft, Bewegungsfreiheit und Menschenrechte in Europa auf realer Macht basieren. Deshalb brauchte die EU das TTIP.

Tusk sieht skeptisch, daß man in der EU auf die Chance guten Willens seitens Russland setzt. Tusk fordert permanenten Druck auf Russland. Neuerdings weigert sich auch Griechenland, zusätzliche Sanktionen mit zu tragen. Tusk hat deshalb mit Erfolg Griechenland den Arm umgedreht (siehe dazu Obamas Aussage im Fernsehbericht) und die Zusage erpresst, daß Griechenland kein Querulant sein werde.

Tusk said that Europe was not yet ready to further tighten sanctions against Russia despite continuing provocations by President Vladimir V. Putin. But he said he was eager for Europe to take a more robust stance alongside the United States in countering Russian efforts to redraw the borders of Ukraine, [and] in dealing with chaos in countries like Libya.
Europeans need to do more after years of steady defense cuts. Europeans should consider “a new and more ambitious defense and security policy,” and “not only as part of NATO,” he said.

One of Mr. Tusk’s key concerns is that few Europeans are able “to think today about a possible hot conflict or war.” To do so, he said, was “unacceptable” in public opinion, a reluctance that he said had left Europe ill prepared to defend common Western values against assertive undemocratic forces in Russia and elsewhere.

Tusk ridiculed Russian accusations that the West had created the crisis in Ukraine by orchestrating the protests last year that toppled the pro-Moscow president, Viktor F. Yanukovych. “I have no doubts who is the victim and who is the aggressor in this part of the world,” he said.

Trans-Atlantic relations are “absolutely the backbone not only of our two continents” but also “the only guarantee that our values like democracy, free markets, free movement and human rights are based on real power,” he said. Europe’s acute security concerns, he said, made a proposed trade agreement with the United States a strategic priority.

“Some politicians in Europe are ready to believe that there is a chance of good will” from Mr. Putin and from Russia, Mr. Tusk said, adding: “I am more skeptical.” There needs to be “a permanent effort” to guard against attempts by Russia to divide European leaders, he warned. More recently, a new left-wing government led by the Syriza party in Greece added a further hurdle. Mr. Tusk said he had already used some diplomatic arm-twisting in the case of Greece, winning what he described as a pledge by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras not to be “a troublemaker.”