At the extraordinary meeting of EU ministers of defence, the participants discussed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and further steps to be taken by the European Union and member states.
On Monday, 28 February 2022, State Secretary for Defence Zdravko Jakop took part in the extraordinary meeting of EU defence ministers to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and further steps to be taken by the European Union and member states.
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell reported that Ukraine showed great courage and determination to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and protect the civilian population. Russia’s military campaign is underway, with far-reaching implications for European security. Therefore, the Union’s support and the improvement of the EU’s resilience are needed in the current situation. To show support for Ukraine, the European Union, in addition to the sanctions against the Russian regime, decided on urgent measures to help supply the Ukrainian armed forces with military equipment, fuel, and necessary funds under the European Peace Facility (EPF) totalling 500 million euros.
State Secretary Zdravko Jakop welcomed the unity of the EU member states and expressed support for Ukraine and allies that also feel threatened by the unprecedented destabilization of European and world security. The use of the Union’s resources to provide urgent support to Ukraine was greeted with appreciation. Mr. Jakop pointed out that the Government of the Republic of Croatia had adopted decisions on the provision of humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine worth HRK 124 million. More than ever before, further coordination with NATO and partners is necessary.
It was emphasized that even in these moments, we must not lose sight of the events in Southeast Europe. The deployment of additional forces to Operation Althea was praised.