Diplomats said there was little or no possibility of immediate new sanctions on Russia, but they still aim to put pressure on the country’s government.
The European Union’s foreign minister was appreciating Block’s strategy against Russia on Monday as the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s health was weakened following military buildup at the Ukrainian border.
In addition, the diplomatic conflict between EU member states Czech Republic and Russia, following Prague’s accusation that Moscow was involved in the 2014 ammunition detonation explosion, has added further tension between the two countries. ..
Diplomats have stated that there is little or no possibility of immediate new sanctions on Moscow, but they will still try to put pressure on them. In Germany, some politicians are calling for the end of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russia.
And over the weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron said that while dialogue with Russia is essential, a “clear red line” with possible sanctions must also be drawn with Moscow over Ukraine.
EU foreign policy director Josep Borrell has already criticized Kremlin for arresting and treating Navalny on Sunday and argued that he should contact a trusted medical expert.
“Overall, relations with Russia have not improved, but on the contrary, tensions have increased in many ways,” Borel said in a statement prior to Monday’s meeting.
At the same time, 27 foreign ministers held a video conference with Ukraine’s corresponding Dmytro Kuleba, emphasizing Western support for the government amid rising tensions in the eastern part of the country and the strengthening of Russian troops across borders. To do.
On Sunday, Kreva called for stronger Western support, saying “words of support aren’t enough.” Kreva spoke with his Baltic correspondent, who is expected to support his phone during the meeting on Monday.
“We call on Russia to withdraw their troops,” Borel said.
More than 14,000 people were killed in a seven-year battle between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, which erupted after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. The EU has categorically opposed the annexation, but couldn’t do anything about it.
Efforts to reach a political solution have come to a standstill, and volatile ceasefire violations have become more and more frequent in recent weeks throughout the industrial center of eastern Ukraine, known as Donbas.
EU Foreign Ministers discuss in turmoil over Ukraine and Navalny
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