Federica Mogherini following the meeting of the EU-facilitated dialogue

I hosted a meeting of the high level dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina with Prime Ministers Aleksandar Vučić and Isa Mustafa and their delegations in Brussels today to finalise implementation arrangements of four key agreements: on energy, telecoms, establishment of the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities as well as the Freedom of Movement/Mitrovica Bridge. The Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo marked a turning point in taking forward the Dialogue agenda. They agreed on the general principles and the main elements of the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities, which paves the way for its establishment. They also agreed on further implementation of the energy agreement and the Action Plan for Telecoms, which will facilitate the telecommunications system and operations in Kosovo. Finally, the Prime Ministers also agreed the arrangement for the Mitrovica Bridge. This will define the use of the bridge in a mutually acceptable way which symbolises the spirit of the dialogue that I am facilitating. Today’s outcome represents landmark achievements in the normalisation process. Solutions such as those found today bring concrete benefits to the people and at the same time enable the two sides to advance on their European path. Prime Ministers’ dedication was instrumental and I confirm that the EU will actively support the full implementation of this outcome. We will also continue to work on further steps of the dialogue in the coming...

Federica Mogherini on the sentencing by a Russian court of Ukrainian citizens O. Sentsov and O. Kolchenko

Today the North Caucasus military court in Russia sentenced Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov to twenty years imprisonment on charges of terrorism and his co-defendant Oleksandr Kolchenko to ten years imprisonment. The EU has consistently followed the case of Mr Sentsov and Mr Kolchenko. Known to oppose the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia, they were arrested in May 2014 in relation to alleged activities conducted on the peninsula. Russian courts are not competent to judge acts committed outside the internationally-recognised territory of Russia. The EU considers the case to be in breach of international law and elementary standards of justice. The EU continues to call on the Russian Federation to immediately release Mr Sentsov and Mr Kolchenko and to guarantee their safe return to...

Remarks by EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini at joint press conference with Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Tallin

Thank you very much Marina. It is a pleasure for me being here and an honour being invited to address the conference of the Ambassadors – some of them I have had the chance and honour again to meet during my visits where they are posted. And it is moreover for me and again a pleasure to be visiting Estonia and I apologise for not coming before. But it’s really great to be here today on this occasion that I have in visiting all the Capital cities of the 28 Member States, to discuss together – with different interlocutors in the governments, and not only – the Common European Foreign and Security Policy. We are 28 different, very different Member States. Different for geography, history, politics but very much united when it comes to our common values, our common interests. And at no other time like today, we realise how importartant it is to stick together and to make sure that our union is true and truly united Europe, a true Union. When we are united, when we act united, we are stronger and we have the possibility to achieve the goals we want to reach; being it on security and defence – and defence today goes much broader than purely military –and, as here you know very well, including cyber security; being it relations with our partners in our neighbourhood, East and South; being it on big global issues we face together in the UN, with NATO, with our main partners around the world, starting with the United States. On the difficult global issues we need to face...

Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, on the release of political prisoners in Belarus

The release of Mykalai Statkevich, Mykalai Dziadok, Ihar Alinevich, Jury Rubstov, Euheny Vaskovich and Arytom Prakapenka, is a long -sought step forward. They are now free. Former presidential candidate Mykalai Statkevich stands out in particular as an example of the tireless work and committment of many for a democratic Belarus. We now expect the authorities of Belarus to remove all restrictions on the enjoyment of full civil and political rights of the released. Today’s releases represent important progress in the efforts towards the improvement of relations between the EU and...

Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the bombings in Yemen of port facilities in Hodeida

The current conflict in Yemen is having a dramatic impact on the civilian population whose needs have reached alarming proportions. Access for the delivery of humanitarian aid and essential supplies, including fuel, food and basic commodities to ordinary Yemenis remains extremely difficult. The recent airstrikes and shelling of Hodeida port facilities have created an additional and immediate obstacle to the import of food, fuel, medicines and other critical goods to alleviate some of the most pressing needs of the population. The EU calls on all parties to the conflict to refrain from deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure. The EU urges all parties to rapidly engage in a process to put an end to the conflict. At this very moment, a predictable and sustainable humanitarian pause is essential to prevent the further deepening of this humanitarian catastrophe. The EU fully supports the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed, to resume inclusive negotiations and calls on all Yemeni parties to resume political dialogue without preconditions. On the 5th of August the European Commission increased its humanitarian aid by a further €12 million for people affected by the crisis in Yemen, bringing the total contribution allocated to €37million in 2015. This support helps address the most pressing needs of the suffering...