EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday the bloc would provide a further 500 millions euros worth of military support to Ukraine and that he was confident a deal could be reached in the coming days to agree an embargo on Russian oil.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministers meeting in northern Germany, Borrell said the military support would be for heavy weapons such as tanks and artillery and take the bloc’s aid to about 2 billion euros.
“A new impetus for military support. (It will be) more pressure on Russia with economic sanctions and continuing the international isolation of Russia and countering misinformation,” he said
Borrell said he was also optimistic an EU embargo on Russian oil could also be agreed in the coming days.
“I am sure we will have an agreement. We need it and we will have it. We have to get rid of the oil dependency from Russia,” he said.
“If there is no agreement at the level of ambassadors, then on Monday the ministers when they gather they have to provide the political impetus.”
Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Friday that it was vital to keep up the pressure on Russia by supplying more weapons to Ukraine and imposing further sanctions.
“It is very important at this time that we keep up the pressure on Vladimir Putin by supplying more weapons to Ukraine and by increasing the sanctions,” she told reporters on arrival at a G7 foreign ministers meeting in northern Germany.