The head of EU foreign policy, Joseph Borrell, said on Friday that the bloc will provide 500 million euros worth of additional military support to Ukraine and that he hopes that an agreement can be reached in the coming days to agree on an embargo on the Russian oil.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the meeting of ministers of G7 Foreign Relations in northern Germany, Borrell said the military support would be for heavy weapons such as tanks and artillery and would bring the bloc’s aid to about 2,000 million euros.
“A new push for military support includes more pressure on Russia with economic sanctions and continue the international isolation of Russia and counter disinformation,” he said.
Borrell indicated that he is optimistic about a possible EU embargo on Russian oil in the coming days. “I am sure we will have an agreement. We need it and we will have it. We have to get rid of the dependency on the Petroleum of Russia,” he said.
“If there is no agreement at the level of ambassadors, then on Monday when the ministers meet they have to give the political impetus.”
Lavrov accuses the EU
For his part, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, today accused the European Union (EU) of becoming an “aggressive and bellicose actor” and expressed doubts that Ukraine’s desire to join the Twenty-seven is “harmless”. “The EU from being a constructive platform, the idea with which it was founded, has turned into an aggressive and bellicose actor, already declaring ambitions that go far beyond the borders of the European continent,” Lavrov said in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, speaking to Russian television.