Egypt, EU to closely assess situation in Ukraine: EU Ambassador in Cairo

Nahed Nasr , Thursday 24 Feb 2022

There will be consultations with Egypt over the coming days regarding the situation in Ukraine, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Egypt Christian Berger said while inspecting a number of culture and developmental projects in the Upper Egyptian province of Aswan on Thursday.

Christian Berger
European Union (EU) Ambassador to Egypt Christian Berger speaking to press in Aswan on Thursday (Photo: Nahed Nasr)

The High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, is expected to be in close contact with Egypt and other regional players to explain on a regular basis Europe’s stance on the latest developments in Ukraine, Berger stated.

European heads of state and government will hold an emergency meeting this evening to discuss the repercussions of the Russian invasion on Ukraine, the EU ambassador said, adding that “it is with great regret that we are following what’s happening in Ukraine and the Russian invasion.”

Borrell has condemned the invasion that took place this morning, which undermines European security that had prevailed for a long time, Berger noted. Russia's attack “is a blatant violation of all international laws and norms,” he said, stressing EU's standing in solidarity and support with Ukraine in preserving its sovereignty and unity.

Berger pointed out that because Russia recognized the independence of two provinces in Ukraine (Luhansk and Donetsk), the EU will impose severe sanctions on Russia. In addition, Russia will be deprived of its presence in European economic markets, and European financial aid will be cut off for Russia.

He also explained that there will be sanctions against individuals in Russia, and other measures and sanctions will be soon announced on Russia.

He stressed that the EU is in close contact with the Ukrainian side and with EU allies such as Britain and the United States, and these measures and sanctions will be documented between them.

*Additional reporting by Mai Ghandour

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