On Sunday, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, promised that the EU would continue to provide “unwavering” support to Kyiv and expressed concern about the Russian military activity near the border with Ukraine.
“Following with severe concern the Russian military activity surrounding Ukraine,” posted Josep Borrell on Twitter after a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
He also expressed the EU’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Talked to Ukraine Foreign Minister @DmytroKuleba. Following with severe concern the Russian military activity surrounding Ukraine.
Unwavering EU support for🇺🇦 sovereignty & territorial integrity. Will further discuss with @DmytroKuleba and EU Foreign Ministers at next FAC.
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) April 4, 2021
Josep Borrell announced that he would hold talks with the Ukrainian foreign minister and the foreign ministers of the 27 EU member states at the forthcoming Foreign Affairs Council in April.
Kyiv last week accused Moscow of mobilizing troops on Ukraine’s northern and eastern borders, as well as on the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.
The Kremlin did not deny the recent military acitvity, but insisted that “they are not threatening anyone.”
The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people since 2014, according to the UN. Western leaders, including new US President Joe Biden, have said that they remained on the side of Kyiv.