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EU top diplomats to discuss Ukrainian crisis, preparations for Eastern Partnership summit

March 06, 2015, 8:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Foreign ministers of 28 countries in a free form will exchange views on all current European and international issues
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MOSCOW, 6 March. /TASS/. Foreign Ministers of the EU countries will discuss on Friday at an informal meeting in Latvia’s capital city, Riga, the situation in Ukraine, implementation of the Minsk agreements and preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit due in May. The discussion, which is known as the Gymnich informal meeting, will last for two days. It does not have a strict agenda, and foreign ministers of 28 countries in a free form will exchange views on all current European and international issues.

"The ministers will discuss the current situation in Latvia and the continuing crisis in relations between Ukraine, the EU and Russia," said Latvian authorities, which currently are chairing the EU Council.

The informal meeting will also feature High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. On the eve of the meeting in Riga she said the European Union would consider enforcement of the OSCE monitors mission in Ukraine to improve implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Mogherini confirmed the EU considered additional sanctions, which could be implemented against the Russian Federation. She forecasted a major discussion about measures the EU may undertake to support implementation of the Minsk agreements.

The EU High Representative for the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maya Kosyanchich said foreign ministers of the 28 countries would discuss also possible use of peacekeepers in Ukraine.

On March 2, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko confirmed the decision of the Council for National Security and Defense to address the United Nations Organization and the European Union about launching in Ukraine of the international peacekeeping mission to support peace and security, the Council’s website reports on Monday.

The document reads head of the Council for National Security and Defense Alexander Turchynov will control implementation of the decision.

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