Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini will chair a technical meeting this morning at the Farnesina to review the situation in Ukraine. The meeting will also discuss her telephone contact today with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and her conference call with the American Secretary of State, Kerry, the High Representative for European Foreign Policy, Ashton, and a number of European colleagues.
This afternoon, Minister Mogherini and Defence Minister Pinotti will attend a meeting called by the Prime Minister’s Office to prepare the Italian position in the run-up to the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council taking place in Brussels tomorrow, 3 March 2014.
Minister Mogherini is in constant contact with the Italian ambassadors in Kiev, Moscow and Washington, and with our Permanent Representatives to NATO, the EU and the United Nations. She is following the situation in Crimea and south-eastern Ukraine closely and, with the rest of the government, is making every effort to prevent events from precipitating further.