Putin? “The EU cannot accept this kind of behavior,” said Gomes Cravinho

ANDIn comments to the Portuguese press, at the end of a meeting of EU foreign ministers, on Wednesday, in New York, João Gomes Cravinho declared that “the opinion shared by all his friends in the meeting.

“There is no decision, because it is not a regular meeting. However, it is a meeting that has the majority of MNEs and, therefore, it is allowed to take the political pulse of the group’s intention to apply three new aspects emerged from President Putin’s speech: first, his decision to move the party; second, the idea of ​​moving forward with illegal referendums Russia cannot annex the Ukrainian territory; the use of weapons of mass destruction,” he said.

“The opinion shared by all, with unity, in this meeting, is not to threaten Europe. The strengthening of sanctions will be discussed when there is an opportunity for special meetings”said the head of Portuguese diplomacy.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 reservists for the war in Ukraine, the holding of referendums on the integration of Ukrainian territories and he promised to use “methods all he can” weapons, adding: “this is not a bluff”.

At the end of an emergency meeting in New York on Wednesday, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, announced that he will keep military aid to Ukraine and increase sanctions on Russia.

“It is a decision that was taken immediately at this emergency meeting of the ministers of the Council of Foreign Countries and it shows the determination of the European Union to continue helping Ukraine to resist Russian aggression,” he said.

Borrell said the details are for later, saying they can only be explained at a regular meeting, and expressed his confidence that “a unanimous agreement on new sanctions will be possible”.

João Gomes Cravinho said that Portugal supports this joint decision.

“We cannot continue to be indifferent in the face of this Russian behavior, Mr. Putin. We will intensify the sanctions, we will show our support for Ukraine again. We can prevent this attack. Russian,” he said.

This evening, João Gomes Cravinho, who is in New York for the 77th UN General Assembly, will participate in a NATO meeting.

The minister’s hope for this meeting is that he will see “the same attitude, one of stability in supporting Ukraine and not being threatened” by threats from Moscow.

“I believe, naturally, we are worried about the signs of depression, the signs of disorientation coming from Moscow. We are also worried about the signal that has been given, it is a sign that “They are ready to do something that will not be lost. Face it. It’s about reason and thinking. It’s necessary to find a way about the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine,” he said.

Before the start of the crisis MNE meeting in New York, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya, told reporters that Putin “cannot care less about the thousands of Russian citizens he has sent to the front of the war to die”, affirming. Ukraine is not afraid of Kremlin threats.

When asked by Lusa about these words of Kyslytsya, Cravinho said that this was the “great determination” he felt during his visit to Ukraine at the end of August, thinking that the “natural feeling for those whose home has been invaded. must be protected.”

“This Ukrainian attitude, of course, is motivated by the support they expect from friendly countries in Europe and in the transatlantic area,” he said.

The military coup launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has caused about 13 million people to flee – more than six million people have left internally and nearly seven million in the neighboring countries – according to the latest UN data. the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).

The invasion of Russia – approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and humiliate Ukraine for the sake of Russia’s security – was condemned by the general international community, in response from sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing Russian sanctions on all sectors. , from banking to energy and sports.

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