The participants agreed to discuss further measures to isolate Russia from the EU and U.S. economies and their financial systems and to continue close coordination on the application of sanctions.

The EU and the U.S. held the first high-level bilateral meeting on countering Russia in Washington, confirmed their desire to “isolate the Russian Federation” and coordinate the application of already adopted sanctions. This is stated in a statement issued by the EU Foreign Policy Service in Brussels on Thursday. It was attended by First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Deputy Secretary General of the EU Foreign Policy Service Enrique Mora.

“The European Union and the United States held the first high-level meeting on Russia in Washington on Thursday,” the document says. “This meeting was a follow-up to the EU-U.S. summit in June 2021, where both sides declared their readiness to coordinate EU and U.S. policies and actions regarding Russia.”

The document emphasizes that the participants of the meeting “agreed to continue close coordination on the application of sanctions against Russia,” and agreed to “discuss further measures to isolate Russia from the EU and U.S. economies and their financial systems.”