Federica Mogherini Gives Presser After EU Foreign Ministers’ Summit (VIDEO)

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Earlier in the day, it was announced that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had cancelled a planned trip to Moscow in order to attend the Brussels summit.

EU foreign ministers have told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels that the responsible course of action on Iran would be avoiding military escalation, Federica Mogherini, the chief of the EU foreign policy, said Monday.

“Mike Pompeo heard that very clearly today from us, not only from myself, but also from other ministers of EU member states, that we are living in a crucial delicate moment, where the most relevant attitude to take, the most responsible attitude to take is, and we believe should be, [that] of maximum restraint and avoiding any escalation on the military side,” Mogherini told reporters after a Foreign Affairs Council and a meeting with Pompeo.

The EU foreign policy chief added that she had chaired a meeting earlier in the day which, apart from her, included foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The steps toward implementing a mechanism for sanctions-safe transactions with Iran were discussed. Mogherini said she hoped for the mechanism to become operational in the next few weeks.

The EU foreign policy chief has continued on by saying that the European Union fears regional escalation in the wake of the Sunday events of Saudi oil tankers suffering an act of sabotage off the coast of the United…

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