European Union international ministers on Friday criticized Russian assaults on civilians in Ukraine.
The diplomats gathered in Brussels on Friday to debate Russia’s ongoing invasion, simply hours after NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned that the battle was more likely to worsen in coming days.
The ministers are being joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Stoltenberg, British Overseas Secretary Liz Truss and Canadian Overseas Minister Melanie Joly.
EU international affairs chief Josep Borrell slammed Russian assaults on civilians in Ukraine, saying it was “bombing and shelling all the pieces, hospitals, homes, colleges.”
“These are conflict crimes,” Irish Overseas Minister Simon Coveney stated.
Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba is to talk on the assembly through video hyperlink from Kyiv.
What’s the assembly about?
A press release on the Council of the European Union’s web site stated the ministers “will maintain a dialogue on the battle that erupted after the Russian army aggression towards Ukraine on 24 February 2022.”
The assertion referred to as Russia’s assault on Ukraine “unprovoked and unjustified” and stated the bloc additionally condemned Belarus’ involvement within the army operation
At an earlier NATO assembly, German Overseas Minister Annalena Baerbock stated that extra sanctions concentrating on Russian President Vladimir Putin over his army actions in Ukraine had been being ready.
“Along with his conflict towards Ukraine (Putin) can also be driving his personal nation into spoil,” Baerbock stated.
On the identical assembly, Borrell, when questioned about potential sanctions on the Russian oil and gasoline sector, stated that “all the pieces stays on the desk.”
Up to now, such sanctions have been rejected amid fears that the gas shortages they may trigger may very well be too damaging for European economies.
tj/rt (dpa, Reuters)