The European Union will approve the start of a mission to train Ukrainian soldiers and apply new sanctions to Iran

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These two resolutions will be addressed during this week's Council meeting. The objective is to train some 15,000 soldiers in countries of the community bloc, such as Poland. Initially it will be for two years and will have a budget of 106.7 million euros

The European Union will approve the start of a mission to train Ukrainian military and apply new sanctions on Iran

European Union flags fly in front of the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

European Union (EU) foreign ministers plan to approve this Monday , meeting in a Council in Brussels, the start of the mission to train the Ukrainian military and also new sanctions against the Iranian regime for the repression of peaceful protests.

Ministers will start the day with breakfast with Belarusian opposition member Svetlana Tijanovskayabefore opening the Council with a discussion on the situation in Ukraine, for which they will invite the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmitro Kuleba, to speak by videoconference beforehand.

The EU maintains three main lines of action on this conflict: supporting Ukraine, undermining Russia's resources and dealing with the global consequences of the war, especially its impact on energy and food.

The Foreign Council hopes to give the green light to the start of the already agreed mission to train Ukrainian troops, while the matter will be addressed the next day by the EU defense ministers.

The goal is to train some 15,000 Ukrainian servicemen on EU soil, in countries like Poland.

The mission's mandate will initially last two years and will have a budget of 106.7 million euros for common costs in that period.

In addition, the mission will ensure coordination with bilateral activities of Member States in support of Ukraine as well as other like-minded international partners and will be open to the participation of third States.

The European Union will approve the start of a mission to train Ukrainian military and will apply new sanctions to Iran< /p>The UN will approve the start of a mission to train Ukrainian soldiers (REUTERS/Chris Radburn)

At a time when kyiv troops are advancing in the recovery of land taken by the Russians, community sources stressed that it is the Ukrainians who must decide on the possibility of declaring a ceasefire, although they recognized that “sooner or later” they will have to There should be peace talks to end the conflict.

For their part, on Tuesday the EU Defense Ministers will take over and talk about overcoming differences between defense capabilities with those that Member States have and the operational realities they are facing, especially as regards the replenishment of arms and ammunition reserves, depleted by the aid they are providing to Ukraine.

Borrell is expected to address the urgency of providing more resources to the European Peace Support Fund, an instrument outside the EU budget with which they are paying for a part of the arms they send to Ukraine, although decisions on this are not expected until December, according to community sources.

They will also have a working lunch with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, and a videoconference with the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov.

Before the Council, the ministers will participate in a meeting of the agency's board of directors European Defense Agency (EDA) and will analyze its recommendations on military spending.

The European Union will approve the start of a mission to train Ukrainian military and will apply new sanctions to Iran< /p>The EU will apply new sanctions against the Iranian regime (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA/Handout via REUTERS)

<b>New sanctions on the Iranian regime</b>

During the Council, it is also expected that the ministers will support the political agreement reached by the ambassadors of the Twenty-seven to extend the sanctions to another thirty people and Iranian entities for the repression against citizens, following the protests unleashed by the death in Police custody of the young Masha Amini, arrested for improperly wearing the Islamic veil.

In response to the repression, the EU has already approved a first round of sanctions in mid-October against eleven Iranian citizens, including the head of the Morale Police, Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi, and four companies from that country.

In addition, the EU recently imposed sanctions against Iran for proving that it gave Russia kamikaze drones with which Moscow is destroying Ukrainian civilian infrastructure and, according to a senior community official, is willing to take further restrictive measures if it is shown that Tehran is also supplying it with ballistic missiles.

During the Council, ministers are also expected to exchange views on an update of the 2013 strategy on the African Great Lakes region, a geostrategic hotspot that the EU sees as having the potential to boost the development of the entire continent, but which is also a zone of competition between neighboring countries, regional blocs and geopolitical actors.

The instability of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is of particular concern in Brussels, according to diplomatic sources, as well as the presence of mercenaries from the Russian company Wagner in the region.

In addition, they will discuss relations with the countries of the Western Balkans before the planned summit with them on December 6 in Tirana.< /p>

The crisis in Lebanon, the recent COP27 climate summit and the ministerial with the countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on October 27 will take over other issues current issues on the Council's agenda.

With information from EFE