EU countries agreed to new russian sanctions and more military aid to Ukraine
The foreign ministers of the EU member states agreed to prepare new anti-russian sanctions and increase arms supplies to Ukraine
The EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell announced this, cited by Reuters.
The heads of European foreign ministries took such a decision in response to russia's announcement of mobilization.
The top diplomat of the EU emphasized that the address of the russian president vladimir putin, in which he announced mobilization and threatened nuclear weapons, showed panic and despair.
"It's clear that Putin is trying to destroy Ukraine," Borrell stressed.
The chief diplomat confirmed that the ministers of all 27 EU countries agreed to prepare the eighth sanctions package. It will be directed against "more relevant sectors of the Russian economy and continue targeting people responsible for the war of aggression in Ukraine."
EU ministers will hold their next official meeting in mid-October when this sanctions package can be approved.
Borrell also declined to provide details on the type of sanctions or military support. However, he said that, in his opinion, there would be "unanimous" support for the new measures in the bloc.
As Rubryka reported, putin announced a partial mobilization in russia. It starts on September 21.
Later, defense minister sergei shoigu stated that 300,000 reservists should be called up as part of the partial mobilization.
Allegedly, those who have served and have a military accounting specialty will be mobilized.
According to the minister, conscripts will not be sent to the war against Ukraine. However, the media repeatedly reported that russia still sends conscripts to fight, despite its assurances to the contrary.
During his speech, putin said the russians are allegedly threatening nuclear weapons. He threatened that in the event of a threat, the russian federation is ready "to use all available means. This is not a bluff."
President Volodymyr Zelensky replied that Ukraine does not plan to cancel the liberation of the occupied territories, even despite putin's nuclear threats.