Ukraine, EU discuss sanctions-related issues prior to Borrell's visit in Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The phone conversation between Ukraine's Foreign Minister and the EU chief diplomat took place on February 2
10:15, 3 February 2021

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba
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Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell have coordinated their positions before the EU official's visit to Russia. The politicians had a phone conversation on February 2, which reports the press office of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry.

"Our conversation sends a clear signal that the policy of Ukraine and the EU towards Russia is coordinated, and Kyiv and Brussels share a common vision of strategic approaches to Russia", Kuleba said.

The Ukrainian minister told Borrell about the latest developments of seeking a solution to the Donbas conflict within the Normandy format and the Minsk talks group. The official also focused on the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

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Borrell confirmed that he is going to remind the Russian side of the EU's unwavering stance regarding the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The diplomats also discussed the situation in Russia - the violence against peaceful protesters, brutal repression of democratic protests, and systematic breaches of human rights in Russia in general.

Kuleba also made an emphasis on new EU sanctions against Russia, as this country violates human rights on the occupied territories of Ukraine.

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