EU seeks to keep up support for Ukraine

STORY: Speaking before the meeting, the bloc's top diplomat Josep Borrell said imposing sanctions on Russia was the right decision, despite rising food and energy prices.

"Some European leaders have been saying that the sanctions were an error, were a mistake. Well, I don't think it was a mistake. It is what we had to do and what we will continue doing," Josep Borrell told reporters.

"It is important to show that we will stand by Ukraine in the long term. Russia is trying to wear us down, and we are clearly opposing this with European and transatlantic unity," German EU affairs minister Anna Luehrmann said.

The comments came as foreign ministers were likely to approve more than $507 million of EU funding to supply arms to Ukraine, taking the bloc's security support to 2 billion euros since Russia forces swept into Ukraine on February 24. They are also close to agreeing an import ban on Russian gold.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will address the 27 EU ministers via video conference later on Monday and EU diplomats expect him to plead for more sanctions, more weapons and a continued tough line on Russia.

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