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We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union are deeply concerned by the large ongoing build-up of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders and in illegally-annexed Crimea.


The European Union is concerned about the recent raid, brief detention and interrogation of editor in chief of the independent investigative media outlet iStoriesRoman Anin, who has led numerous journalistic investigations into organized crime and corruption in Russia. It is the duty of media to report on issues of public interest. State authorities should ensure that journalists are able to carry out their legitimate work and not hinder or intimidate them.


11/04/2021 - HR/VP Blog – The world is horrified by the bloody military coup in Myanmar, with reports of more than 80 people killed in Bago last Friday. We are pursuing a robust diplomatic initiative in close coordination with like-minded partners. However, geopolitical competition in Myanmar makes it difficult to find common ground, to halt the violence and ensure a return to democracy.

One year ago today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out plans for a targeted EU response to support partner countries' efforts in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic combining resources from the EU, its Member States and European financial institutions, as ‘Team Europe'. By 1 January 2021, Team Europe had already supported partner countries around the world with more than €26 billion, 65% of the overall response package that now stands at over €40 billion and exceeding the original €20 billion pledged.

Despite the fact that Roma constitute Europe’s largest ethnic minority with approximately 6 million Roma living in the EU, their status and rights are still overlooked by many in the public debate. Subsequently, Roma are still subject to discrimination and social exclusion. On the occasion of the International Roma Day on 8 April, we are looking at the EU and the Council of Europe’s respective actions to support and empower Roma people across Europe, giving them the opportunity to realise their full potential and engage fully in political, social, economic and cultural life.


On 1 April, the Georgian Parliament adopted legislative amendments reviewing the selection process of Supreme Court judges. The European Union has repeatedly expressed concerns over the shortcomings in this selection process and the applicable rules.


03/04/2021 – HR/VP Blog - The humanitarian situation in the Ethiopian Tigray region remains very serious. This conflict threatens also to destabilise the whole Horn of Africa. I have asked Pekka Haavisto, Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, to travel to Ethiopia to repeat our requests to the government and assess the situation. For the EU, helping to stop the human right abuses in the Tigray region and restore peace in Ethiopia is a high priority.

A meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal, will take place virtually on 2 April.

The Joint Commission will be chaired on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell by the Deputy Secretary General and Political Director of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora. It will be attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran.