Ms. von der Leyen, president of the EC, traveled to Kiev for the third time this year to discuss with President Zelensky about strengthening cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.
“I’m in Kiev on my third visit since Russia launched its military campaign. So much has changed. Ukraine is now a candidate to join the European Union (EU),” the European Commission (EC) President said. Ursula von der Leyen posted on Twitter today, with a picture of her walking on a train station in the Ukrainian capital.
Ms. von der Leyen announced that she will discuss with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Shmygal on how to continue bringing the economy and people of Ukraine and the EU closer together.
Ukraine became an EU candidate in June, a decision Russia sees as part of an effort to contain Moscow on the international stage. The EU supported Ukraine and imposed many sanctions after Russia launched a “special military operation” in February. Many EU members provide weapons and military support to Ukraine.
Speaking to the European Parliament on September 14, Ms. von der Leyen affirmed that sanctions against Russia will not end in the near future. Ms. von der Leyen also declared that “Russia will lose and Europe will win”, the solidarity between Europe and Ukraine is unshakable.
However, some European countries say the unprecedented round of sanctions against Russia is doing more damage to themselves, with energy prices skyrocketing after Russia reduced gas supplies to the region.
The Kremlin accused Western countries of trying to find ways to deal with Russia, but they no longer have any means of pressure. According to Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, the West imposes about 11,000 sanctions on Moscow but “for the first time in history, they have to face the consequences of the sanctions themselves. that they impose on other countries”.
Nguyen Tien (Theo AFP)