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Russian aggression against Ukraine and political developments in the Western Balkans were in focus when EU foreign ministers met in Brussels on May 16

Western Balkans

The Council discussed political developments in the Western Balkans in light of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. The EU’s relations with the countries of the Western Balkans are important to Europe’s security and development.

The government believes that it is time for Bulgaria to lift its blockade to start the North Macedonia negotiations, not least in the case of the current security policy.

The foreign ministers of the six Western Balkan countries attended a lunch during the Latin American and Caribbean Forum.

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

The council discussed the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The government is working towards a united and robust response from the European Union. It is critical that the EU continues to work in close coordination with partners and like-minded people and mobilizes broad international support for Ukraine.

The European Union, along with others, should take further action to support Ukraine. In addition to short-term political, economic, humanitarian and military support, the EU must continue its preparations for the reconstruction of a free and democratic Ukraine by reprioritizing funds already in the EU budget.

An informal meeting was also held with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie.

Such as the European Union Ambassador Lars Danielson of Sweden.

Produced by the representative of the European Union.

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