The EU will continue to work on sanctions against Russiato stop the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. This is evidenced conclusions EU summit.
“The adoption of the sixth package of EU sanctions further increases the pressure on Russia to end the war against Ukraine. Work will continue on sanctions, including to strengthen their implementation and prevent their circumvention. The European Council calls on all countries to join the EU sanctions, in particular the candidate countries,” the conclusions say.
EU leaders believe that it is important “to finalize soon the decision of the European Council on the inclusion of violations of the Union’s restrictive measures in the list of EU crimes.”
It is also noted that during the summit, the European Council discussed Russia’s war of conquest against Ukraine in its various dimensions.
“The European Council reiterates that it strongly supports Ukraine and that the EU will continue to provide strong support for the overall economic, military, social and financial stability of Ukraine, including humanitarian assistance,” the statement reads.
It also states that the European Council strongly condemns Russia’s indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population and civilian infrastructure and calls on the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw all troops and equipment from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
“It is necessary to respect international humanitarian law, including the treatment of prisoners of war. Ukrainians, in particular children who have been forcibly taken to Russia, must be immediately allowed to return safely. Russia, Belarus and all those responsible for war crimes and other grave crimes will be held accountable for their actions in accordance with international law,” the summit concluded.
It also notes that the EU remains firmly committed to providing further military support to help Ukraine realize its inalienable right to self-defense against Russian aggression and protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty. To this end, the European Council calls for work to further increase military support as soon as possible.
In addition, the EU blamed Russia for the food crisis.
“Russia, using food as a weapon in the war against Ukraine, is solely responsible for the global food security crisis that it provoked. The European Council calls on Russia to immediately stop the attack on agricultural facilities and the export of crops, and to unblock the Black Sea, in particular the port of Odessa, to allow grain exports and commercial shipping operations. The European Council stresses that the EU sanctions against Russia allow the free flow of agricultural and food products and the delivery of humanitarian aid,” the statement said.
Earlier it was reported that at the summit, EU leaders, by their unanimous decision granted Ukraine the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union. Moldova received a similar status.
The decision on further steps for the accession of Ukraine and Moldova to the EU will be made after these countries fulfill all the conditions set by them. At the same time, our state must provide the first report on the assessment of the fulfillment of the conditions before the end of this year.