European Union foreign ministers met at a virtual conference on Monday, April 19 to reassess the bloc's options as Russia builds up its military presence at the Ukrainian border.
"All in all, the relations with Russia are not improving, but the contrary; the tension is increasing in different fronts," said the EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, ahead of the meeting. "We call on Russia to withdraw their troops."
The talks have included a video conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, in which he asked the EU to impose "sectoral sanctions" on Russia.
"I proposed a step-by-step plan on how to discourage Moscow from further escalation," Kuleba tweeted after the video conference. "Key element: preparing a new set of sectoral sanctions. Individual ones are not sufficient anymore."
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said he hoped Europe would "speak in one voice, saying that Russia needs to draw away its troops and stop the escalation." He said the EU should also make clear it is "ready to consider sanctions if red lines are crossed."
Read the original article here.
As it was reported earlier, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has urged Russia to withdraw troops from the border of Ukraine.