Statement by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine

On 28 September 2023, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2023/20971.

The Council decided that the restrictive measures referred to in Article 4g of Decision 2014/512/CFSP shall apply as of 1 October 2023 in respect of all entities referred to in point (3) of the Annex to Decision (CFSP) 2023/1217. This Decision shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The candidate countries North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, and Bosnia and Herzegovina2, as well as the EFTA countries Iceland and Liechtenstein, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this Council Decision.

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision.

The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it.


1 Published on 14.09.2023 in the Official Journal of the European Union n°. L 226/104.
2 North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.