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Extraordinary FAC on the situation in Ukraine

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Anže Logar attended the extraordinary meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels, led by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. The meeting was concentrated on the Russian military aggression in Ukraine and the assessment of the effects of the sanctions taken against the Russian Federation.

The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Mélanie Joly, UK Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, joined the EU foreign ministers at the meeting. Through the audio-video conference, the ministers were also able to exchange views with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba.

The senior officials agreed that the restrictive measures taken against the Russian Federation are already taking effect and that further efforts are needed to halt Russian aggression and to put an immediate end to the violence and siege of Ukraine. They were also united in support of Ukraine, both materially and politically, and also agreed on the need to protect Ukrainian refugees, whose numbers are growing every day. “EU enlargement represents hope for the Ukrainians and their fight against Russian aggression and for the preservation of European peace and our values. Therefore, the EU must give Ukraine a clear European perspective, thus showing it that it will not stand alone in this attack," stressed Minister Logar.

Minister Logar joined the other ministers in praising the courage of the Ukrainian people and their leadership, who, with all forces and incredible determination, are defending the freedom and sovereignty of their country. He called for further support for Ukraine, informing his counterparts that Slovenia had responded to the United Nations (UN) call for assistance to Ukraine and allocated an additional EUR 1.1 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.

Minister Logar commended the EU's swift adoption of all measures against the Russian Federation and effective coordination with partners. He advocated further joint reflection on the extension of the sanctions, given the need to maintain pressure on the Russian Federation. He also stressed the need to monitor the situation in Georgia, Moldova and the Western Balkans. Minister Logar informed his interlocutors about the destruction of the Slovenian Consulate in the centre of the city of Kharkiv during a Russian missile attack and of Slovenia’s accession to the requirements of the Group of States for an independent investigation into violations of international law by the Russian Federation, led by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.