EU foreign ministers agreed on Thursday night to prepare new anti-Russian sanctions and increase arms supplies to Ukraine. This is a reaction to the announcement of the first Russian mobilization since the Second World War, which was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. TASR informs about it based on a Reuters report. The ministers of foreign affairs of the 27 member countries of the European Union are currently in New York for the annual session of the UN General Assembly. The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called their extraordinary meeting as part of the reaction to Putin’s order. At the meeting, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba first informed the heads of EU diplomatic departments about the situation. The foreign ministers subsequently agreed to entrust their teams with the preparation of the eighth sanctions package. These will be aimed at “more important sectors of the Russian economy and will continue to be targeted at people responsible for the war and aggression in Ukraine,” said Josep Borrell. Ministers will meet at the next formal meeting in mid-October and could formally approve this sanctions package. The heads of EU diplomacy also agreed to increase the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Borrell refused to specify what type of sanctions or military aid it would be, but said he believed EU countries would “unanimously” support the new measures.
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