High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
17 countries, including Iran and Venezuela, have requested financial assistance from the European Union in relation to the disease caused by the new coronavirus. This was announced by EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell after a meeting of foreign ministers from 27 countries in the community in a video conference.
European Union governments will consider on Friday whether to provide more money for migrants in Turkey, but will not accept that refugees are used as a bargaining tool, the EU's top diplomat said.
"We are going to discuss it," Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, told reporters in the Croatian capital before chairing a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
He hopes the EU will not need to deploy military troops in order to stop a possible new wave of Syrian refugees.
The situation in Syria and at the Turkish-Greek border is the major topic of a meeting of European defense ministers, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg taking part alongside Borrell.
Solving the Cyprus issue and reuniting the island inside the European Union would be a "game changer" for the country, the Union and the region, the EU's High Representative Federica Mogherini said in the European Parliament plenary on Wednesday, during a debate on Turkey's drilling activities around the island.