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EU meets to discuss strategy as Russian tensions grow in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

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
21:08, 19 April 2021

Ukraine's top diplomat Dmytro Kuleba called for broad EU sanctions against Russia
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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.

Related: Russia wants Ukraine to recognize Donetsk, Luhansk occupation, - official

"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.

Related: US may expand sanctions against 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." 

Related: Russian diplomat should leave Ukraine during 72 hours

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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. 

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