Fri. May 27th, 2022

Brussels, 4 March 2022

Ministers held an extraordinary Council to discuss the latest developments regarding the situation in Ukraine.

Russia must cease its military operations immediately, and unconditionally withdraw from the entire territory of Ukraine. President Putin intended to divide us, but he achieved the exact opposite: we are more united and more determined than ever before and Russia is completely isolated.

Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Ministers called for a humanitarian corridor and highlighted the need to further support EU frontline member states hosting the majority of those fleeing the war. They also agreed to step up work on the humanitarian front.

Ministers agreed to further reduce the EU’s energy dependency from Russia. Regarding the strong restrictive measures recently adopted, focus is currently on ensuring their full implementation and closing any possible loopholes.

EU foreign affairs ministers held an informal exchange with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who joined via video conference and provided an overview of the latest developments on the ground, the urgent needs of Ukraine and the atrocities committed by the Russian forces.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Liz Truss and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Mélanie Joly also joined the meeting in Brussels.

Meeting information

  • Meeting n°3857
  • Brussels
  • 4 March 2022
  • 15:40

Preparatory documents

Outcome documents