An embargo on Russian oil must be included in the EU’s sixth package of sanctions, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said in Kyiv.
r Coveney is currently visiting the war-torn capital for talks on how Ireland can provide further assistance Ukraine.
“We believe we need to go beyond what is currently agreed by the EU to include an oil embargo in a sixth sanctions package,” he told a news conference.
Mr Coveney said Ireland would be “strongly committed” to Ukraine becoming a member of the EU as soon as possible.
“Ireland may be a small country, but because of our membership of the UN Security Council, we have a big voice at the moment,” he said.
He said this seat would be used to “undermine disinformation” and “demand accountability and decision-making at the multilateral level.”
During his visit to Kyiv today, Mr. Coveney announced €3 million in funding for the International Criminal Court (ICC). 1 million euros will be paid immediately to the public prosecutor.
Announcing the post, he said: “I spoke to Foreign Minister Kuleba this morning about the fundamental need for accountability for the appalling acts committed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I met ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan earlier this week and I know his office works closely with the Office of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktiva.
“In all situations where war crimes may have been committed, it is essential to conduct investigations and ensure the collection of evidence, including in relation to crimes of sexual and gender-based violence, and to provide support to witnesses, victims and survivors.
“This year marks 20 years since the entry into force of the Rome Statute – the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court. We have agreed together that we are determined to end impunity for perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
Around 33,000 Ukrainian refugees have now arrived in Ireland and “we are doing everything we can to make your home our home”.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba thanked Mr Coveney for being the first foreign minister to visit the country’s wartime capital.
Mr Kuleba said: “Since the start of Russian aggression in Kyiv we have received a number of foreign delegations – presidents, heads of government, but Simon is the first foreign minister to visit the capital of Ukraine at a time of war and I am grateful for his courage and his.” Solidarity with Ukraine.”
He also thanked the Irish people and said the country has been there since the very first day of Russian aggression
He added: “[Ireland] stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine to provide significant financial, political and humanitarian assistance.
“I am grateful to the Government and people of Ireland for their support and I was delighted to hear that Ireland supports Ukraine’s full membership of the European Union.
“The partnership between Ireland and Ukraine has grown even stronger since the Russian aggression began and we truly believe that Ireland is a reliable partner.”
Meanwhile, Mr Coveney said at the press conference that he offered his condolences to the country as it was not yet known how many civilians had been killed.
But he said he was aware that Ukraine “does not need sympathy or condolences, it needs action now and strong practical support to defend itself”.
“Although Ireland is a militarily neutral country, let me be clear that we are not neutral in this war or in this conflict and we are not neutral about the future of your country,” he added.
“We strongly advocate a maximalist approach to sanctions against Russia to deter the continuation of this war and we believe we must go beyond what is currently being collectively agreed by the EU to include an oil embargo in the sixth sanctions package. “
At the press conference he spoke about Ireland’s Good Friday deal and said he hoped it could give Ukraine some inspiration.
“Even in the darkest hours to contemplate the possibility of peace, my island made peace for my country 24 years ago this week on Good Friday, a peace agreement that has stood ever since,” he said.
He said he hopes there are elements “of our peace process that can offer some inspiration during these incredibly difficult and dark times for Ukraine.”
“Another future is possible, there will be a time when your country emerges from this darkness when together we can build a future based on stability, peace, transparent politics, economic growth, travel, laughter, fun and music Ding, I think every country has a right too.
“I believe Ukraine’s future is bright if we manage to get through the darkness of war.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/simon-coveney-announces-3m-in-funding-to-the-international-criminal-court-icc-during-a-visit-to-kyiv-41554134.html Simon Coveney announces €3 million funding for the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a visit to Kyiv