On 20 October 2014, the meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affair was held in Luxembourg. One of the issues of the agenda of the above-mentioned meeting was the situation in Ukraine. The EU Council adopted the following conclusions:
- welcomes the Minsk agreements as a step towards a sustainable political solution of the crisis, which needs to be based on the respect for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity;
- welcomes the decreased overall level of violence as a result of the agreed ceasefire as well as the releases of hostages;
- positively estimates Ukraine's efforts to implement its commitments, in particular through the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the laws on amnesty and on interim local self- governance in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts;
- reiterates its call upon all States and actors in the region to ensure safe and unrestricted access to the crash site of MH17, to allow resumption of the investigation onsite and complete repatriation of the remains and belongings of the victims still present at the site. Those directly and indirectly responsible for the downing of MH 17 should be held accountable and brought to justice as soon as possible;
- does not recognize the local elections held on 14 September in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol and condemns worsening of the situation in human rights on the Crimean peninsula persecution and intimidation of the Crimean Tatar community in particular;
- welcomes the efforts by the European Commission and the EU Member States to provide EUR 63 million of aid to the population affected by the conflict in Donbas.
As per the conclusions the European Union puts responsibility on the implementation of the Minsk accords on Russia. EU calls on Russia to withdraw illegal armed formations, military machinery, militants and mercenaries as well as provide safety at the Ukraine-Russia border for constant OSCE monitoring. The EU Council supports swift amplification and extension of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission mandate to the border crossing points with Russia to provide effective and full control at the Ukrainian border. Brussels does not accept holding of the so-called elections in the so-called “Luhansk-“ and “Donetsk People’s Republics.”