The ministers gathered in Brussels under the chairmanship of Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and are expected to impose sanctions on some Russian officials on the grounds of human rights violations in the arrest of Navalni and his supporters.
The ministers will also sanction some military officials in Myanmar, where the army hit. Sanctions will be imposed on some election officials for their roles in Venezuela’s parliamentary elections, which the EU did not recognize on the grounds of unfairness, and also some Venezuelan officials for human rights violations.
On the agenda of the ministers are the Iran nuclear agreement, the situation in Belarus, Ethiopia and Hong Kong, and the “Strategic Compass” document that aims to strengthen the common security and defense culture of the EU.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will attend the meeting of European ministers via video conference and exchange views for about 2 hours. Ministers of EU countries are expected to take the floor one by one and make speeches on issues that their own countries care about.
In a statement before the meeting, Borrell said that Blinken’s attendance at the meeting would be an important opportunity for strengthening and renewal of transatlantic relations.
Emphasizing that they will hold a very important session on Russia, Borrell stated that they will determine how to respond to the attitude of Russia, which is faced with the EU on Navalni.
“I hope we will do this in unity and with determination,” Borrell said. said.
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