EU assures that Hamas attack on Israel will not affect aid to Ukraine
The European Union has stated that Hamas' attack on Israel will not affect the EU's assistance to Ukraine and promised to help our country as long as necessary
This was announced in Brussels at a press briefing by European Commissioner Eric Mamer and EU spokesperson Peter Stano.
"I don’t think anything will in any way influence the support that the European Union provides to Ukraine. That is beyond the shadow of a doubt," Mamer said when asked how the situation in the Middle East might alter the EU's support for Ukraine.
"If you listen to the President [Ursula von der Leyen]’s speech in Bordeaux on Saturday, she reiterated once again that we stand by the Ukrainian people as long as it takes in their conflict against Russia," Mamer added.
According to him, the EU can respond to crises and conflicts in several ways. For his part, EU spokesman Peter Stano reminded that during each meeting, EU foreign ministers discuss the situation in Ukraine. He noted that an informal meeting of foreign ministers will take place tomorrow to discuss the situation in Israel and how the European Union will respond.
Stano emphasized that despite the fact that Russia may try to use the situation in Israel to intensify its military actions in Ukraine, the EU will not lose its vigilance over the war in our country.
"But, of course, regardless of this, of course, Russia is trying to use or misuse anything that is going on in the international domain, either to fuel instability or to take advantage of it to increase its campaign against Ukraine. But again, this will not mean that the attention of the European Union will be defocused or refocused away from Ukraine," Stano added.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said that Hamas' attack on Israel "distracts the world's attention" from Ukraine and contributes to Russian aggression.