We are already talking about the eighth package of sanctions, which after the briefing of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, the ministers agreed to entrust to their teams.
The eighth package of sanctions will target “more significant sectors of the Russian economy” and will continue to target people responsible for the war of aggression in Ukraine. EU ministers will hold their next official meeting in the middle of Octoberwhen the sanctions package can be formalized.
The eighth package of sanctions will target more relevant sectors of the Russian economy,
Let’s add that earlier the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, convened an informal meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of the European Union in order to agree on a “common line” regarding Putin’s statement.
In an interview with Reuters, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said Putin was trying to scare and divide the West, but his latest comments were a “game-changing moment”.
Wednesday’s meeting should emphasize:
- rapid progress with a new package of sanctions,
- using the financing mechanism of the European Peacekeeping Fund to increase arms supplies to Ukraine, he said.
We must also declare our legal liability. The Führers in the Kremlin must not take it for granted that their responsibility for a genocidal war should be taken lightly,
– he said.
EU ministers agreed to increase arms supplies to Ukraine
They also agreed to increase arms supplies to Ukraine. Borrell declined to give further details on the type of sanctions or military support, but said he believed the bloc would have “unanimous” support for the new measures.
Putin’s statements and the EU’s reaction
European Commission spokesman Peter Stano stated that the Russian president, by his decision to announce partial mobilization, showed that he does not want peace, but war.
President Putin’s statements about “referendums” and partial mobilization are just one more proof that Putin is not interested in peace. He is interested in escalating his war,
– said Stano.
What is known about “referendums” in the occupied territories
The occupiers plan to hold pseudo-referendums on the annexation of the occupied territories to Russia from September 23 to 27:
- Zaporizhzhia regions.
The head of the Kremlin announced a partial mobilization in Russia and declared that he recognizes the results of the so-called “referendums” in the occupied territories of Ukraine. Putin justifies this by the fact that the residents of the occupied territories “need protection”.