Ukraine-Russia crisis: EU foreign ministers meet to coordinate strategy with US

Foreign ministers from the European Union’s 27 member states met in Brussels on Monday in a bid to hammer out a response to a feared invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

After the meeting, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said there is “unity” among member states on “quick and determined” action from the bloc, should Russia invade.

Borrell added the EU has pledged to support Ukraine in “key areas” including countering cyberattacks and hybrid threats, such as Russian disinformation campaigns.

The meeting…was joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken by videoconference….

Later [today] US President Joe Biden is expected to discuss Ukraine with European leaders, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, among others.

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The meeting in Brussels took place as NATO announced it would send additional jets and ships to deployments in Eastern Europe amid invasion fears.

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Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said the bloc was ready to hit Moscow with “never-seen-before” sanctions if Russia attacks Ukraine.

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During the meeting, EU Commission head von der Leyen announced a fresh €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) aid package for Ukraine.