Security and the conflict in Ukraine were the main topic at the Foreign Affairs Council on 19 April, says EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in his blog, published the day after the meeting. EU foreign ministers exchanged views on Ukraine and were joined via video conference by their Ukrainian counterpart, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
“Tensions are rising fast in and around Ukraine. At the Foreign Affairs Council, we have sent a clear signal of our collective support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in front of Russia’s military deployment and its continued negative actions and provocations,” writes Borrell.
The High Representative says reforms in Ukraine were also in the focus during the meeting. He reminded that the EU has mobilised more than €16 billion in support of reforms since 2014, making Ukraine the biggest recipient of EU financial support: “Ukraine has made a lot of progress, but more remains to be done, in particular on anti-corruption and judicial reforms.”
Borrell added the EU would continue to support Ukraine in combating the pandemic. “Last Friday, COVAX delivered 117,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Ukraine and it is scheduled to deliver almost 3 million doses of vaccine by the end of June. As we don’t stop repeating, the EU is a strong supporter of vaccine multilateralism and one of the biggest contributors to COVAX,” said Borrell.
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