EU foreign chiefs to assess Poroshenko's peace plan, discuss new sanctions against Russia
The situation in Ukraine will be the main topic of the agenda of forthcoming sitting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on June 23.
"The agenda is very simple: Ukraine and the situation in the countries [that are] southern neighbors," high-ranking European diplomat reported Interfax-Ukraine on Friday.
According to the agency's interlocutor, first of all, the ministers plan to discuss a peace plan which will be announced by Petro Poroshenko on Friday, as well respond to it.
I wonder what the reaction of the separatists would be, a positive reaction of Moscow is needed as well, the diplomat said, adding that ceasefire should be the most important item of this plan.
He confirmed that new Foreign Affairs Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin would participate in the meeting of the Council of Ministers under invitation of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.
Besides, in the course of the meeting the EU ministers are to approve a decision to complete technical procedures to prepare for signing of the Association Agreement with Ukraine that would make it possible to sign the document in the frames of the EU summit in Brussels on June 27, the diplomat said.
The agency's interlocutor also reported that the ministers are to discuss mission to Ukraine, as a part of the joint security and defense policy.
"I hope the ministers could come to an agreement and if agree we could move forward to send the mission within next few months," the diplomat said.
According to him, such mission would mainly consist of police and judicial representatives.
The diplomat also reported that the ministers would discuss sanctions against Russia adding that the EU continues to prepare sanctions of the second and third stages, but gave no details.