New York, 22 September 2022 (TDI): High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borell Fontelles held a meeting on the sidelines of the 77th UNGA.
This informal meeting brought all EU Foreign Ministers together who were present for the UNGA in New York. EU members reiterated support for Ukraine in the wake of the latest statement of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
He announced a referendum in Ukraine in his recent statement on International Peace Day. Not only that but his statement about “using all necessary means to defend Russia” was also discussed.
The EU considers it a threat to use weapons of mass destruction and a challenge to global peace and security.
What Putin announced today is another major escalation in the unprovoked war that he launched against #Ukraine.
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) September 21, 2022
According to the EU, this statement should face consequences as a gesture of continuing an unprovoked war. They criticized the decision of holding a referendum for being a planned annexation of an illegally and forcefully occupied land.
Threat to international peace and security
He also informed the EU members about his meeting with the UN Security Council. He said that he will discuss this matter with the Security Council and will urge them to stop this war.
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He added,” Threatening with nuclear blackmail is unacceptable and it will only increase Russia’s diplomatic isolation. The threat to use nuclear weapons should alert the international community.”
He said that these threats must alert all the states who believe that this war does not concern them. The global community must take an action against this open threat before the situation escalates further.
Josep Borell concluded that this meeting was called to bring all the EU members to an agreed common line. The common line is that these threats will not intimidate them, and they will continue their unwavering support for Ukraine.
EU will continue its efforts to protect Ukrainian sovereignty and democracy and continue working for this war to stop as soon as possible.