Romanian foreign minister Bogdan Aurescu is attending a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. Talks are looking, among others, at the security situation in the Black Sea region following the Russian aggression against Ukraine and ways to provide immediate and substantial assistance to the Republic of Moldova. The Romanian minister is expected to reiterate the need for the European Union to reaffirm the European prospects of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia. At Romania’s proposal, EU officials will also have talks, on the sidelines of the Council, with Moldova’s foreign minister Nicu Popescu to discuss additional assistance for Moldova, which is struggling with a large influx of Ukrainian refugees, and ways to enhance its resilience. EU defence ministers are also meeting in Brussels, with their agenda including a meeting with EU foreign ministers to discuss and adopt the Strategic Compass.