High Representative Federica Mogherini today chairs the monthly meeting of all 28 EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
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The first item on the agenda is the situation in Ukraine, which has deteriorated significantly in the last days. Mogherini discussed the situation on Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and yesterday met the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Ivanna Klympush.
“We will address with the ministers, first of all, the need for de-escalation of violence in the east, also our continued non-recognition policy of the annexation of Crimea, and also our continued support to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, the Normandy format, the work of the OSCE - as Austria is taking the Chairmanship-in-office - but also our continued support to the reform agenda of the country because we want to invest in social and economic developments that can benefit all Ukrainians,” the High Representative said before the meeting.
Ministers will also discuss Libya, looking beyond migration to the EU’s support to the political process there, as well as a having discussions on Egypt and the EU’s work on the Middle East Peace Process, an issue the High Representative is due to follow up on later this week in Washington.
Mogherini will also update ministers on the work she has been doing on the Dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo.
“We have seen encouraging developments finally in Mitrovica and I will take the opportunity of this meeting today to report to ministers of the developments on the dialogue,” Mogherini said.