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A unique EU Foreign Affairs Council started in Kyiv

Oct 2, 2023

On October 2, a meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council began in Kyiv, which is the first ever meeting of representatives of the ministries of all 27 member states outside the EU.

This was reported by RBC-Ukraine.


As the EU's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, noted on Twitter (X) on the eve of the event, "Ukraine’s future lies within the EU".

"I am convening today the EU Foreign Ministers in Kyiv, for the first ever meeting of all 27 Member States outside the EU," the post reads.

The EU foreign ministers are making an unannounced visit to Kyiv for an informal meeting to demonstrate support for Ukraine, which is repelling Russia's full-scale military aggression.

According to Borrell, support for Ukraine "doesn’t depend on how the war is going on in the next days and weeks," Euractiv reports.

"Let’s see what will happen in the US, but from our side, we will continue supporting and increasing our support," he told reporters.

The main topics on the agenda of the October 2 meeting are expected to be:

  • Ukraine's integration into the European Union,
  • demonstration of support,
  • summarizing some important measures, such as military assistance from the West and further strengthening of sanctions against Russia.

On the sidelines of the event, the EU foreign ministers will meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"We expect that during the talks in Kyiv foreign ministers will have a meaningful discussion on security commitments," an EU official said.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 02/10/2023

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