The Foreign Affairs Council exchanged views on the Russian aggression against Ukraine focusing on the various ongoing strands of work, in particular continued military assistance for Ukraine’s defence and measures to isolate Russia.
The success and extent of Ukraine’s defence depends not only on the great bravery of their soldiers and people, but also on the pace of deliveries of ammunitions and weapons. This is why our military support has to continue, has to increase, has to be extended. […] Every day of delay in our deliveries has to be measured on human lives.
Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
The High Representative urged EU ministers to speed up the delivery and joint procurement of ammunition for Ukraine, and to finalise work for a new tranche of support under the European Peace Facility.
The Council was then informed on the work of the EU Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM), which has completed its initial goal of training 15 000 Ukrainian soldiers, and is well on schedule to double this number by the end of the year.
The Council also touched on ongoing work on the 11th package of sanctions, the focus of which is the circumvention of existing sanctions, and in this context ministers were briefed by the EU sanctions envoy, David O’Sullivan on his engagement with partners in third countries.
Lastly the Council discussed the issue of accountability and Ukraine’s Peace Formula.