EU foreign affairs ministers to hold an informal Foreign Affairs Ministers’ meeting to discuss the European security situation

EU foreign ministers will discuss, among other things, the sanctions on Russia after it recognised the independence of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

EU foreign ministers will meet in Paris for an informal Foreign Affairs Ministers’ meeting to discuss the changed security situation in Europe. Finland’s representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto

Finland condemns Russia’s unilateral acts that violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. The recognition of the separatist regions in Eastern Ukraine is a serious breach of the Minsk Agreements. 

Finland will respond to Russia’s actions as part of the European Union. In its statement, the EU condemned Russia’s decision 
to recognise the regions’ independence and stated that the EU will respond by imposing sanctions. 

Due to the EU meeting, Foreign Minister Haavisto’s meeting with UK Foreign Minister Truss was cancelled.


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Piritta Asunmaa, Director General, political Department, tel. +358 295 350 353

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