The EU will evaluate new support measures for Ukraine before the first year of the Russian invasion is completed

The EU will evaluate new support measures for Ukraine before the first year of the Russian invasion is over. (REUTERS) (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER/)

The foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) met this Monday in Brussels before the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, on February 24, which will be attended by his Ukrainian counterpart, Dimitro Kuleba.

On the eve of the first anniversary of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, it is expected that foreign affairs officials assess new support measures for Ukrainesuch as arms shipments or economic sanctions against Moscow.

In this sense, the European Comission proposed a tenth package of sanctions against the Kremlinfocused on the control of exports as well as the punishment for the evasion of these measures, whose adoption is expected before next Friday.

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, also announced this Sunday during his daily address to the nation a new list of sanctions against the Russian financial sectorwhich will affect representatives of the banking sector and the Moscow Stock Exchange.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky.  (Reuters)
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky. (REUTERS) (DAINA LE LARDIC/EU 2023/)

“Today we have a new sanctioning measure from our State against all those who fuel Russian aggression,” reported the Ukrainian leader and also stated that these sanctions they are “the basis” for the allies in the West to adopt similar ones.

In addition, Estonia intends to present a compensation plan for those countries that send weapons to Ukraine, in order to include the joint purchase of ammunition as well as the replenishment of stockpiles.

Also on the agenda is the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova, Nicu Popescu, amid the internal tensions that the country is experiencing due to allegations of alleged Russian interference, the territorial proximity to the conflict and the recent fall of the Government led by Natalia Gravilita.

Beyond Europe’s borders, the ministers are expected to agree on new measures against the Tehran regime, in response to the government’s crackdown on protesters, as well as an aid plan for the women of Afghanistan, all in the context of the Taliban’s ban on working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or going to university.

The EU reinforces its ties with Ukraine and prepares new measures against Russia.  (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)
The EU reinforces its ties with Ukraine and prepares new measures against Russia. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann) (ARND WIEGMANN/)

In addition, the Foreign Affairs Council, chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, will review the main points of view on the energy transition and the climate crisis.

For her part, the Prime Minister of Estonia insisted this Sunday that once the war in Ukraine, Russia should be brought to justice for war crimes and for the decision to invade your neighbor, if you want to have any chance of developing a normal relationship with West.

kaja kallaswhose small Baltic country is the largest per capita contributor of military aid to Ukraine, told Associated Press that the conflict cannot end with a peace agreement that divides the country and do not hold Moscow to account.

“I don’t think there can be relations as usual with a pariah state that he has not really given up imperialist goals,” the official declared on the sidelines of a major security conference in Munich. “If we do not learn this lesson and prosecute crimes of aggression, we will simply war crimes will continue”.

(With information from Europa Press)

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