22 July 2014, Brussels - UKRAINE: The Council agreed to accelerate the preparation of the sanctions agreed at the European Council of 16 July. It agreed to expand restrictive measures with a view to targeting individuals supporting or benefitting from Russian decision-makers responsible for the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine.
MEPP: Ministers held an in-depth discussion on recent developments in the Middle East and called for an immediate cessation of the hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. In this regard, the Council welcomed on-going efforts by regional partners, in particular by Egypt, and reiterated its readiness to provide the necessary support.
18 July 2014, Brussels – On 22 July, EU Foreign Ministers will first exchange views on the situation in Ukraine. It will then debate latest events in Iraq.
Over lunch, ministers will discuss the latest developments in the Middle East peace process.
The EU-Eastern Partnership ministerial meeting will begin at 16.00, followed by a dinner for the foreign ministers in the premises of the European External Action Service.
22 July 2014, Brussels - In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria, the EU today reinforced restrictive measures against the Syrian regime. The EU has targeted three additional persons and nine entities due to their involvement in the violent repression of the civilian population or their support to the regime. These will be subject to an asset freeze and a ban from entering the EU.
Today's decision brings the total of persons under EU restrictions to 192 and the number of entities to 62.