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Ministr Lipavský se v Lucemburku zúčastnil Rady pro zahraniční věci EU
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Minister Lipavský Attended the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg


Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský attended the June EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Luxembourg, where he discussed with his EU counterparts the Russian aggression in Ukraine, further support for the invaded country and anti-Russian sanctions. Also on the agenda were the situation in the Middle East, cooperation with the Western Balkan countries and current developments in Georgia.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba briefly joined the discussion on Ukraine via videoconference. The Council subsequently approved another package of anti-Russian sanctions. "We welcome today’s adoption of the 14th sanctions package. More efforts are needed to counter sanctions circumvention. In this respect we support full alignment of Belarus sectoral sanctions to those against Russia," Minister Lipavsky said in his speech.

In the wake of the Russian hybrid attacks, the Czech diplomatic chief repeated his proposal to restrict the movement of Russian diplomats and their family members within the Schengen area. "Putin is escalating, it has been going on since his inauguration. Whether we are talking about the incident in Estonia on the Narva River, the sabotages in Poland and the UK. It is no longer a secret that Czechia was the target of an arson attack two weeks ago. At European level, we must find the best possible means of defending ourselves against Russian imperialism," Jan Lipavský added.

The ministers then discussed the situation in the Middle East. Minister Lipavský confirmed that Czechia supports a two-state solution within the framework of US President Joe Biden's peace formula.

The EU ministers then had a working lunch with their counterparts from the Western Balkan countries. The main topics were EU enlargement and foreign policy, including support for Ukraine.

The next item on the agenda was a discussion on the current situation in Georgia following the recent adoption of the Foreign Agents Act. Ministers discussed how the EU-27 could support Georgian civil society and the independence of the local media. Finally, there was a debate on developments in the African Great Lakes region and in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.