Brussels, 12/02/2015
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REMARKS

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Informal meeting of the Members of the European Council

Today's agreement in Minsk is definitely a step in the right direction, a very important one, even if we know very well that this is not solving everything. But having good news is definitely better than having bad or very bad news.

The important thing now will be to see the ceasefire entering into force on the night between Saturday and Sunday.  And it will be looking at the implementation of the points that are included in the document.

On our side, from the European Union, we are looking already at the practical tools, the practical means, that we have to make the implementation feasible, to support it, to help and sustain these efforts. We will discuss - I will propose today to the Heads of State and Government - some concrete measures that, from the European Union side we can put in place to monitor and implement the agreement.

As you know, after the shelling of Mariupol, I convened an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council that decided on further sanctions already, and we confirmed that some days ago. I think that today the issue is not going to be a discussion on further sanctions, as some were already decided in the past days, but rather the positive ways in which the European Union can contribute to make this first step that was reached today just one of many others with the implementation of the agreement.

We know by experience that signing agreements is very important, but implementing them is even more important for the people on the ground and we work on that concretely.

Thank you very much.