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EU ministers discussing how to freeze Syrian fighting; Ukraine also on agenda

  • EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, right, talks with Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Sakari Tuomioja, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. European Union foreign ministers are discussing how they can help implement a U.N. plan to freeze fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, right, talks with Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Sakari Tuomioja, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. European Union foreign ministers are discussing how they can help implement a U.N. plan to freeze fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini addresses the media, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.  European Union foreign ministers met to discuss how they can help implement a U.N. plan to freeze fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini addresses the media, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. European Union foreign ministers met to discuss how they can help implement a U.N. plan to freeze fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, talks with European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn, second left, Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Sakari Tuomioja, left, and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. European Union foreign ministers met to discuss how they can help implement a U.N. plan to freeze fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, talks with European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn, second left, Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Sakari Tuomioja, left, and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. European Union foreign ministers met to discuss how they can help implement a U.N. plan to freeze fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)  (The Associated Press)

European Union foreign ministers are discussing how they can help implement a U.N. plan to freeze fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

The EU's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, said she hopes the ministers can agree on "concrete" ways to help at a meeting Monday in Brussels.

The foreign ministers met informally Sunday with the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura. The U.N. has been trying to bring about a strategic de-escalation of violence in Syria to permit the delivery of humanitarian aid and set the stage for peace talks.

The ministers will also meet with Ukraine's prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, for the first meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council, a new step in the bloc's relations with Ukraine.