We are horrified by the outbreak of war in Ukraine, on our European doorstep, and we stand by our friends, colleagues and partners affected by these tragic events.  

Working at the heart of the EU, we firmly believe that dialogue is the best way to encourage a positive outcome to conflict. In these challenging times, we are more convinced than ever that upholding international law remains the key to conflict resolution, notably through the highest respect of humanitarian standards, which protect civilians from untold suffering and loss of life.