The situation in Mosul was discussed in private conversations as the EU foreign ministers met in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria. Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini is confident that Isis will be chased out of the city. Mr Soini estimates that a new wave of refugees is expected and emphasises that shelters should be built close to people’s home towns so that they would be safe in the area and could return home when the crises are over. The foreign ministers said in a statement that the Russian and Syrian bombings in Aleppo may be war crimes. Mr Soini is more careful with his words and describes the bombing of children, women and civilians as despicable and says that Russia holds the key to a solution.
Journalist: Hanna Kärppä
Main source: Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini