European Union (EU) foreign ministers agreed on Wednesday to prepare new sanctions against Russia. As announced by the Head of Community Diplomacy, Josep Borrell, this will come into force as soon as possible.
As Borel moves forward, this new package of sanctions will affect new sectors of the Russian economy, including technology, and will include new ones, but it has not yet been sealed.
Foreign ministers, meeting urgently in New York, also promised to provide arms to Kyiv as long as it takes in a declaration adopted by consensus.
The meeting was convened this Wednesday on the margins of the UN General Assembly, when Russian President Vladimir Putin decided on a partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists and threatened to use up his entire arsenal, including nuclear.
“It is clear that Putin is trying to destroy Ukraine, he is trying to destroy the whole country in different ways,” Borrell told a news conference after the meeting.
The Spanish diplomat acknowledged that Moscow’s latest moves seek to undermine the support Ukraine is receiving from its allies and threaten international peace and security on an “unprecedented scale”.
“But it will not break our unity in supporting Ukraine or our broad support for Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty as long as it is necessary,” he stressed.
Regarding the new restrictions, Borrell explained that what was called off this Wednesday was a political settlement, given the informal nature of the meeting, and that formal decisions would be necessary to specify and make them effective.
The EU stands firm in support of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity
In the declaration they approved, European foreign ministers also denounced plans to hold a referendum on Russia’s occupation of Ukraine-occupied territories and made it clear that they would never recognize their results.
“The European Union stands firm in its support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and demands that Russia immediately, completely withdraw all its troops and military equipment from all regions of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. and withdraw unconditionally.”, concludes the document.