Foreign Affairs Council, 22 February 2021

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A meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) was held on 22 February 2021. The agenda included the following items:

  • Discussion on the bilateral relations between Russia and the European Union (EU);
  • Exchange of views with the new US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on the substantive agenda for EU-US cooperation;
  • Briefing on the latest developments in Hong Kong, followed by the agreement on a set of short and longer-term actions;
  • Briefing on the latest developments in Myanmar, followed by the adoption of conclusions on this matter;
  • Discussion on the situation in Iran and latest development in the nuclear field;
  • Briefing on the latest developments in Belarus;
  • Adoption of conclusions on a human-rights-based post-COVID-19 recovery;
  • Adoption of conclusions on the EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2021.
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Deutsche Welle: Interview, 19/02/2021: Lithuanian president: EU needs 'clear strategy for relations with Russia'

RFE/RL, 21/02/2021: Austria Expects 'Broad Support' For New Russia Sanctions In Response To Navalny's Jailing
Cyprus Mail, 21/02/2021: FM off to Brussels for the EU Foreign Affairs Council
Politico, 22/02/2021: EU foreign ministers push new Russia sanctions
VOA News, 22/02/2021: EU Mulls Sanctions on Myanmar, Russia
EurActiv, 22/02/2021: EU ministers set to sanction Russia, speak with Blinken
The Guardian, 22/02/2021: EU to sanction Russians responsible for Alexei Navalny's detention
Bloomberg, 22/02/2021: EU Paves Way for Sanctions Against Myanmar Coup Instigators
ERR News, 23/02/2021: Minister: EU unity on Russia sanctions a good thing, needs to continue
Reuters, 23/02/2021: Western countries step up pressure on Myanmar junta as protesters defy warnings

General Secretariat of the Council: Background Brief for Foreign Affairs Council, 22 February 2021
General Secretariat of the Council: Outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council, 22 February 2021
EU EEAS: Foreign Affairs Council: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell upon arrival (22 February 2021)
Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: News, 22/02/2021: Foreign Minister Liimets at the Foreign Affairs Council: EU showed unity in agreeing on sanctions on Russia
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: EU – Jean-Yves Le Drian attending Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, 22 February 2021)
EU EEAS: Foreign Affairs Council: Press remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell (22 February 2021)

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