Yesterday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Milkov took part in an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council for Foreign Affairs.
According to bourgas.ru, yesterday Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Milkov took part in an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council for Foreign Affairs.
It was dedicated to the escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the common position of the EU member states, expressed in the Declaration of High Representative Josep Borrell, was agreed upon.
Statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on Russian military aggression against Ukraine
“The European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest escalation undertaken by Russia in its illegal, unprovoked and completely unjustified aggression against Ukraine. Despite numerous calls from the international community for Russia to immediately stop military aggression against Ukraine, the Russian leadership, unfortunately, decided otherwise. On September 21, Russia chose the path of confrontation, declaring a partial mobilization in the country, supporting the organization of illegal “referendums” in the Ukrainian territories currently occupied by Russia, and repeatedly threatening to use weapons of mass destruction.
The European Union confirms that it strongly condemns plans to organize illegal “referendums” aimed at Russia’s annexation of the parts of Donetsk, Kherson, Lugansk and Zaporozhye regions currently occupied by Russia. These illegal “referendums” are yet another flagrant attack on the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and a serious violation of the UN Charter.
Russia’s actions in Ukraine continue to threaten peace and security in Europe and around the world, and have serious global consequences in the form of worsening food security and rising energy prices. The EU once again calls on Russia to respect the principles of the UN Charter and abandon its illegal plans. Russia, its political leadership and all those involved in the organization of these “referendums”, as well as other violations of international law and international humanitarian law in Ukraine, will be held accountable, and additional restrictive measures against Russia will be proposed as soon as possible in agreement with our partners. The EU and its member states will never recognize these territories as anything other than part of Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine’s efforts to restore its territorial integrity for as long as necessary.
In accordance with the UN Charter and international law, Ukraine exercises its legitimate right to be protected from Russian aggression in order to regain full control over its territories and has the right to liberate the occupied territories within its internationally recognized borders. We salute the courage and successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the current counter-offensive. We will continue to support their efforts by providing military equipment as needed.
In addition to the enormous suffering inflicted on the Ukrainian people by Russian aggression, Russia has decided to further increase the cost of its war to the Russian population through partial mobilization.
The mention of nuclear weapons will not shake our commitment, determination and unity to stand by Ukraine and our full support for Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty for as long as necessary. Moreover, the EU reaffirms its commitment to continue supporting the resilience of the Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans.
The EU remains steadfast in its support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and demands that Russia immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its troops and military equipment from all of Ukraine’s territory within its internationally recognized borders.