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European Council on Russia: Stop actions against the EU

The European Union is committed to a unified, long-term and strategic European approach to Russia, expects the Russian leadership to show a more constructive political commitment and to end its actions against the EU and its Member States, as well as against third countries. options for additional restrictive measures, including financial sanctions, according to the conclusions adopted after an intensive discussion after midnight on Thursday to Friday at the Brussels Summit. In detail, the 27 approved the following for the remaining foreign policy issues.

V. Libya

23. The European Council reaffirms its commitment to the stabilization process in Libya under the auspices of the United Nations. The elections must be held as agreed in the roadmap on December 24, 2021 and their results must be accepted by all.

24. The European Council calls for progress in the inclusive political dialogue with the Libyan Government and for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops and mercenaries.

VI. Russia

25. In accordance with its conclusions of 24-25 May 2021, the European Council discussed relations with Russia, taking into account the report of the High Representative and the Commission.

26. The European Union is committed to a single, long-term and strategic European approach based on the five guiding principles. The European Council calls on the Council, the Commission and the High Representative to continue to implement them fully, taking due account of the values, principles and interests of the European Union.

27. The European Council expects the Russian leadership to show a more constructive political commitment and to end its actions against the EU and its Member States, as well as against third countries.

28. The European Council calls on Russia to assume its full responsibility to ensure the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as a key condition for any substantial change in the EU's position.

29. With regard to strengthening our resilience, the European Council underlines the need for a sustained and coordinated response by the EU and its Member States to any further malicious, illegal and disruptive activity by Russia, making full use of all the means at its disposal. the EU and ensuring coordination with partners. To this end, the European Council also calls on the Commission and the High Representative to submit options for additional restrictive measures, including financial sanctions.

30. The European Council emphasizes the need to further deepen and intensify political, economic and human ties and cooperation with the Eastern Partners in order to increase resilience. In this context, it recalls the statement of the 2017 Eastern Partnership Summit, which recognizes the European aspirations and the European choice of the Eastern Partners concerned, as set out in the Association Agreements and in the context of their entry into force. It also underlines its commitment to deepening relations with Central Asia.

31. The European Council reiterates the European Union's openness to selective cooperation with Russia in areas of EU interest. Calls on the Commission and the High Representative to develop concrete options, including conditions and leverage, to be considered by the Council in issues such as climate and environment, health, as well as selected foreign and security policy and multilateral issues such as the JCPoA, Syria and Libya. In this context, the European Council will explore forms and conditions for dialogue with Russia.

32. The European Council condemns the restrictions on fundamental freedoms in Russia and the shrinking space for civil society. Stresses the need for face-to-face contacts and continued EU support to Russian civil society, human rights organizations and independent media. Calls on the Commission and the High Representative to submit proposals.

33. The European Council reiterates its full support for all efforts to establish truth, justice and accountability for the victims of the fall of MH17 and their relatives and calls on all States to cooperate fully with the ongoing legal case. .

34. The European Council will return to this issue, evaluate implementation and provide further guidance, if required.

VII. Belarus

35. The European Council welcomes the timely implementation of the measures concerning Belarus, in line with its conclusions of 24-25 May 2021.

36. The European Council reiterates its call for the immediate release of all political prisoners and arbitrary detainees, including Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega, and for an end to the repression of civil society and the independent media. Reiterates the democratic right of the people of Belarus to elect their President through new, free and fair elections.

VIII. Sahel

37. The European Council reaffirms its call on the Mali Transitional Authorities to fully implement the Transitional Charter. Welcomes the conclusions of the ECOWAS Summit held on 19 June.

38. The EU and its Member States will continue to support the stabilization of the G5 Sahel countries, and in particular the G5 Sahel Joint Force, through the continuation of EU CSDP missions and the commitment of the Takuba Task Force.

39. The European Council reaffirms the EU 's support for the efforts of the G5 Sahel countries to strengthen governance, the rule of law and the provision of public services in their territory.

IX. Ethiopia

40. The European Council condemns the continuing atrocities, ethnic and sexual violence and other human rights violations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and welcomes the ongoing inquiries into accountability and justice. The European Council calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities, unhindered humanitarian access to all areas and the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces.

41. The EU and its Member States reiterate their commitment to support Ethiopia in implementing democratic reforms and reconciliation efforts.

X. Cyber security

42. The European Council condemns the recent malicious activity in cyberspace against Member States, including Ireland and Poland. Calls on the Council to consider appropriate measures in the context of the cybersecurity toolkit.

Source: politis.com.cy

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