In the invitation letter for tomorrow’s summit of EU Heads of State and Government, European Council President Charles Michel writes:
“The use of force and coercion to change borders has no place in the 21st century.
“I would like to thank you for the unity shown in the past, especially through the rapid adoption of the sanctions package by the Council.
“Aggressive actions by the Russian Federation violate international law and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. They also undermine the European security system.
“It is important that we remain united and determined and jointly define our collective vision and actions. Therefore, I would like to invite you to a special European Council on Thursday 24 February, which will be held in Brussels in person and Will start at 20.00.
“I would like us to discuss: latest developments; How do we protect the rules-based international order; how we deal with Russia, specifically holding Russia accountable for its actions; How will we support Ukraine and its people going forward?
“I look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.”
EU leaders are to meet for an emergency summit on Thursday evening, diplomatic sources in Brussels have said. The 27 heads of state and government will debate how to further respond to the Russian offensive.
European Council President Charles Michel tweeted:
The use of force and coercion to change borders has no place in the 21st century. I am convening a special European Council in Brussels tomorrow to discuss the latest developments concerning Ukraine and Russia.
When to implement the second major tranche of sanctions in Brussels is a sensitive issue.
The impact of punishing Russia through sanctions on the energy sector or taking Russia out of the SWIFT financial system – which moves money from bank to bank around the world – will not be felt equally among the 27 member states.