Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels will start with the discussion of situation in Ukraine, concerning the conflict escalation in the east of the country.
"We will start with the situation in Ukraine that, as you have seen, has deteriorated significantly in the last days. I talked about that with Minister [of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey] Lavrov on Friday - I called him - and yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine [for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush]", the High Representative and the Vice-President Federica Mogherini remarked upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council on the site of Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine.
"We will address with the ministers, first of all, the need for de-escalation of violence in the east, also our continued non-recognition policy of the annexation of Crimea, and also our continued support to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, the Normandy format, the work of the OSCE - as Austria is taking the Chairmanship-in-office, but also our continued support to the reform agenda of the country because we want to invest in social and economic developments that can benefit all Ukrainians. We know that this is a very important part of our work," she wrote.
"What is clear is that from the European Union, the clarity we have: on the illegal annexation of Crimea which we will continue not to recognize; and the need to fully implement the Minsk agreements, starting from a ceasefire and restoring calm or bringing calm to the east of Ukraine, is a must," Federica Mogherini commented.
Earlier it was reported that the members of the UN Security Council gathered on a session initiated by Ukraine, to discuss the current humanitarian and security conditions in the embattled town of Avdiivka, Donetsk region. The session took place in New York on Thursday, February 2.