European security situation
The Foreign Affairs Council held a discussion on the European security situation.
The Council condemned the Russian military build-up around Ukraine, increased ceasefire violations and provocations from the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. It also condemned actions, staged events and information manipulations aimed at creating a pretext for military escalation against Ukraine.
Furthermore it commended Ukraine’s restraint in face of this intimidation and violations of Minsk agreements and international law.
In the context of this discussion, ministers had the opportunity to informally exchange views with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Ministers reaffirmed their unity, resolve and EU solidarity with Ukraine.
Russia has created the biggest threat to peace and stability in Europe since the Second World War. We call upon President Putin to respect international law and the Minsk Agreements. It is up to Russian leadership to decide how they want to be seen by international community and history.
Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
The Council decided on a series of measures to support Ukraine’s resilience. It adopted the decision to provide €1,2 billion in macro financial assistance, and decided to provide support to Ukraine’s professional military education under the European Peace Facility. The EU will also increase its support against cyber-attacks and countering disinformation by sending a mission of experts to the country.
EU embassies and diplomatic missions, as well as the EU delegation to Ukraine will remain open and fully operational, with limited exceptions.
The High Representative also made clear that any aggression against Ukraine would have massive consequences with regard to Belarus, should an attack be conducted from its territory or with its involvement.