EU foreign ministers condemn Russia’s aggression, threats against Ukraine

European security is indivisible and any challenge to the European security order affects the security of the EU and its member states, EU foreign ministers said on January 24.

In conclusions adopted at the Council of the EU meeting, the Council condemned Russia’s continued aggressive actions and threats against Ukraine, and it called on Russia to de-escalate, abide by international law and engage constructively in dialogue through the established international mechanisms, the statement said.

“As stated by the EU heads of state and government at the European Council meeting in December 2021, any further military aggression by Russia against Ukraine will have massive consequences and severe costs.”

“The EU confirms its unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and other Eastern Neighbourhood partners within their internationally recognised borders, and it calls on Russia to re-engage constructively in existing international frameworks for the sustainable and peaceful resolution of conflicts,” the statement said.

The Council reaffirmed the united approach of the EU and the ongoing strong cooperation and coordination with the United States, Nato, Ukraine and other partner countries.

It reiterated the importance of further strengthening the resilience and response capabilities of the EU and its close partners, including in countering cyber and hybrid attacks, foreign information manipulation and interference, including disinformation, the statement said.

(Photo: Sébastien Bertrand)

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