Rome, EFE.- The Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe will approve today in Turin (northern Italy) a new action plan for Ukraine, assured today the head of Italian diplomacy, Luigi di Maio, when opening the first session of the body after the exclusion of Russia and in which the semi-annual presidency will be transferred from Italy to Ireland.
"It is urgent to adopt and apply with conviction the changes in the action plan on Ukraine agreed with kyiv, which make it an effective instrument for Ukraine to bear the consequences of Russian aggression," Di Maio said, announcing that the review will take place. to take into account "the real needs" of Ukrainians.
Di Maio and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, received at the Venaria Palace, on the outskirts of Turin, the participating ministers, including the Spanish, José Manuel Albares, as well as the Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova, while the head of Ukraine's diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, is expected to participate via videoconference.
Aid to Ukraine “is an important decision. I do not need to remind you of the seriousness of the current scenario; the aggression is a flagrant violation of international law that directly affects the Ukrainian population. The consequences of the conflict are multiple and dramatic for Ukraine, but also for Europe and the world," said Di Maio.
The Italian minister said that the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe has been "a painful but necessary step" that has opened "a new page in the history of this organization" and was favorable, after recent events, to convene a new summit of the organization, "a perspective that must be studied carefully, although it is necessary to refine more in relation to the expected results and the calendar".
Di Maio began the session of the work of the Committee of Ministers in which he will pass the witness to the Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, and both will offer a press conference at the end, together with Pejcinovic Buric, in which it is expected a final declaration with a renewed position on the war in Ukraine.
Ministers could also make decisions on how to deal with the consequences of Russia's recent exclusion from the Council of Europe within the body, according to local media.