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Wallström: Ukraine top of agenda at EU meeting

Published torsdag 13 november 2014 kl 12.00
Konvojer utan märkning rullade in i Makiivka i östra Ukraina. Foto: AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov/TT
Unmarked military vehicles driving through rebel held Makiivka in eastern Ukraine. Photo: AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov/TT.

After NATO on Wednesday said they knew Russia is deploying troops and equipment into eastern Ukraine, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström says the crisis will be top priority for the EU foreign minister's meeting.

Wallström told Swedish Television "It is a very disturbing and a very serious situation. It is not a coincidence that the [UN] Security Council will discuss it again and it will definitely be top of the agenda for the foreign minister's agenda," she said.

The foreign ministers of all EU countries will meet in Brussels next week as part of the regular EU Council work to get member states to agree on polic. Each Council meeting sees the relevant ministers gather, or the premiers at the top-level Eu COuncil summits.

Wallström also wants her fellow foreign ministers to discuss how well sanctions against Russia are working, and points out it is important for the EU to present a united front on the issue.

Russia's defense ministry has denied NATO reports that it has sent troops and weapons to reinforce the pro-Russian separatists rebels in the east of Ukraine.

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