EU Foreign Affairs Ministers informally met via video conference, and held a discussion on further measures to be adopted in response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.
“This is a historical moment because this is the first time since the end of the second world war that a military power invades another sovereign state in violation of international law. Secondly because Europeans have reacted in a way that have surprised a lot of people, starting with the Russians themselves”. Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Ministers gave the political green light to a new set of measures, which are due to cover various strands of action:
EU support to the Ukrainian armed forces through the European Peace Facility
further individual and economic sanctions, covering among others the closing of EU airspace to Russian aircrafts, the SWIFT financial messaging system, and the resources of the Russian Central Bank
diplomatic engagement in order to work towards the international condemnation and isolations of Russia
measures to support Ukraine and the region
initiatives to counter disinformation, including the prohibition for state-owned media Russia Today and Sputnik to broadcast in the EU.
These decisions will now need to be finalised through relevant legal acts.