EU – Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, 21 March 2022)

Today, 21 March, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs is taking part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, which brings together EU foreign ministers. It will be followed by a joint meeting with EU defense ministers.

Ministers will take stock of the situation in Ukraine in the light of the commitments made by Heads of State and Government in Versailles on 10 and 11 March, and ahead of the European Council on 24 and 25 March. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs will stress the urgent need to implement a total ceasefire covering the whole of Ukrainian territory. He will recall the importance for the Europeans of continuing their efforts to make the pursuit of its war in Ukraine increasingly painful for Russia. He will stress the need for the EU and its Member States to continue providing financial, material and humanitarian support to Ukraine and its neighbours. The Minister will propose to strengthen international efforts to combat food insecurity fueled by Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Ministers will meet with Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Nicu Popescu, with whom the French Foreign Minister met on 17 March. , the energy, economic and security repercussions of the war in Ukraine, as well as the reception of refugees.

With regard to the continued destabilization in Mali, due in large part to the presence of mercenaries from the Wagner group, the ministers will discuss the development of European engagement in the Sahel, in support of the countries of the region and the Gulf of Guinea in their fight against terrorism.

EU foreign and defense ministers will work together to finalize the strategic compass that will determine the Union’s broad security and defense guidelines for 2030, as the current crisis demonstrates the need for EU to do more to guarantee its security and strengthen its capabilities.

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