By Agnes Szucs
BRUSSELS (AA) - Leaders from the EU met on Wednesday with their counterparts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine for the sixth Eastern Partnership summit.
The presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, the 27 EU heads of states and governments are holding talks with their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership countries.
The Belarusian government, which suspended its participation in the framework, will not attend the summit, but a statement released by the European Council stressed that the bloc continued to “cooperate with the people of Belarus”.
The leaders will discuss Russia’s recent military buildup in and around Ukraine, as well Moscow’s other actions threatening its neighbors.
The EU leaders are expected to approve a €2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) regional economic investment plan that will support economic reforms and recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, help climate actions, and digital transformation.
The bloc will also demand the participating countries to strengthen their commitment towards democracy, rule of law, human rights, and principles of an inclusive society.