Speaking to journalists before the EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels, Borrell stated that the situation in Ukraine is among the top agenda items.
Stating that the Russian army has bombed the infrastructure in the Ukrainian port of Odessa for the last few days, while 60 thousand tons of grain has been burned, Borrell said, “Russia has not only withdrawn from the grain agreement. They are also burning grain.” said.
Describing Russia’s actions as “barbaric”, Borrell said, “This will cause a major food crisis in the world.” he said.
20 billion euro support claim from EU to Ukraine
Noting that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba will also connect to the meeting via video conference, Borrell stated that they will discuss how to support Ukraine in the long term.
Borrell stated that the European Peace Fund, which is used for military support to Ukraine, should be increased “by a very serious amount”, that he has prepared a plan for this and that he hopes the ministers will approve the plan.
Borrell, who did not specify figures on the proposal he prepared and said that he must first get the approval of the ministers, said, “Ukraine needs long-term structural and continuous support, not month to month.” used the phrase.
In the international press, it was claimed that the EU is preparing to provide 20 billion Euros of additional funding to Ukraine for long-term military support.