Josep Borrell European diplomats to discuss new sanctions against Russia in New York
An emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers is scheduled for the evening of September 21 in connection with the statements of the Russian president
The foreign ministers of the European Union countries agreed to hold an emergency meeting in New York. The heads of EU diplomatic departments are now in New York for the annual General Assembly – a meeting of world leaders in the United Nations.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borel said the statement by Putin, who announced the annexation of part of Ukrainian territory and threatened to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, shows panic and desperation in the Kremlin.
“Ministers should discuss this threat, reiterate continued support for Ukraine and warn the international community of the unacceptable situation Putin is putting us all in,” Borrell told reporters.
He said the ministers would discuss further military support for Ukraine and possible additional sanctions against Russia.< /p>
“Obviously, Russia wants to destroy Ukraine,” Borrell said. “But we cannot be intimidated.”
Borrell stressed that although the EU supports Ukraine, the political bloc of European states “does not participate in the war, we are not at war.” He said he had no plans to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while they were both in New York this week.
In an interview with Reuters, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that Putin was trying to intimidate and divide the West, but his latest comments were “a game-changing moment.”
Today's meeting of European diplomats should underscore unity, help develop a new package of sanctions and use the European Peace Financing Facility to boost arms supplies to Ukraine, he said.
“We must also declare our legal responsibility. The Fuhrers in the Kremlin should not take it for granted that their responsibility for military genocide should be taken lightly,” he said.
Keeping unity among the 27 EU members over a new package of sanctions could prove difficult amid the crisis energy supply, which hit the entire European community hard. Hungary rejected the idea of new sanctions on Tuesday.
“Now things are different,” Reinsalu said. — There is a saying in aviation that says that the rules are written in the blood of the victims of plane crashes. All [sanctions] packages are written in the blood spilled as a result of the atrocities committed by Russia.”