On 9 October, the European Parliament hosted a plenary debate on the situation in Ukraine. EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, opened the event saying that when she started in her current post five years ago, Ukraine was almost the only issue on the foreign policy agenda.
“In one sense I am worried that this is slipping away, as if problems were disappearing,” she noted. “I am grateful to the European Parliament for putting this issue on the agenda. It will be on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council next Monday, because I want to make sure that attention does not get lower on the situation in Ukraine.”
Mogherini also added that EU has invested “more in Ukraine than in any other country in the world.”
“No other partner has invested in Ukraine as much as the European Union,” she said.
“After 2014 we have put together for Ukraine the biggest support package in the history of the European Union – worth over €15 billion,” highlighted Mogherini.
According to the EU High Representative, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement “is the most ambitious agreement that the European Union has ever developed with any partner.” She added that it has already delivered an impressive increase, for instance in bilateral trade, which has increased by almost 50%.
Mogherini reiterated that the EU “will continue to call on Russia to release all illegally detained Ukrainians, and to ensure free passage through the Kerch Strait in accordance with international law.”
She also stated that the EU is investing in the infrastructure and security of the south-eastern regions of Ukraine that are affected by the situation in the Kerch Strait.
“After five years of work, I am proud of the progress we have achieved together in these years, in extremely difficult circumstances,” Mogherini concluded. “And I am sure that – with this Parliament’s support – we will continue to stand at Ukraine’s side, as the country’s closest friend.”
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Mogherini’s opening statement - video