Minister of Foreign Affairs: Ukraine is fighting for all of Europe | News

Speaking after a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels on Friday, Mr Liimets said: “Ukraine needs our full support, because the Ukrainian people are fighting for the whole Europe”.

This made it: “Important to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country,” the minister continued, according to a press release.

The agenda for the FAC meeting included coordinating assistance to Ukraine and options for exerting even greater pressure on Russia to cease hostilities.

The EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in collaboration with NATO, was crucial, Liimets continued.

She said: “The strongest possible response to Russia’s military aggression is a unified and well-coordinated action by the EU and NATO, both imposing sanctions and offering support and assistance. aid to Ukraine, to relieve its suffering as a result of the war.”

The EU has taken strong action by imposing sanctions to prevent war funding, Liimets said. “With regard to financial sanctions, the restriction of Russia’s access to the SWIFT system has had a significant impact. However, we believe that more sanctions should be applied”, adding that the international community’s condemnation of the Russia’s war against Ukraine and the will to end it was also demonstrated by the rapid suspension of Russia’s membership by the Council of Europe and the UN resolution on the end of the war.

Liimets also underlined Estonia’s support for giving Ukraine a clear prospect of EU membership and granting it candidate country status, while simultaneously offering support to other partners.

“It is important that the EU and its partners also support Moldova, because in addition to the pressure exerted by Russia on the country, this country also hosts a large number of refugees from Ukraine,” Liimets said.

Friday’s meeting in Brussels also brought together US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, while Minister Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, was also present via video link.

Aligning the positions of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada and finding other ways to help Ukraine was the main objective of the meeting, the agenda of which also included the meeting of foreign ministers. of NATO member states on the same day and in which Liimets also participated. .

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