European Commission President outlines goals EU should pursue to support Ukraine
According to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the EU should pursue three main goals to achieve a sustainable and just peace and prevent a frozen conflict in Ukraine
She said this at a conference of EU ambassadors in Brussels, according to European Pravda.
The President of the European Commission emphasized that the war in Ukraine was a strategic defeat for the Russian president, but Putin's defeat would not automatically turn into a victory for Ukraine.
"As the war drags on, and as we continue to meet the daily needs of Ukrainians, we must also try to focus on the way forward and what it means to support Ukraine 'as long as it takes'" von der Leyen said.
In this context, she presented three goals that the EU should pursue.
"First, our goal must remain a just and lasting peace, not another frozen conflict. No one wants peace more than Ukrainians," the President of the European Commission emphasized.
According to her, the main way to achieve this is through President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Peace Formula. Von der Leyen urged the ambassadors to continue working to gather more and more support for the Peace Formula from countries around the world.
"Second, Ukraine needs long-term security. We must ensure a sustainable military force capable of defending Ukraine now and deterring Russian aggression in the future. So that history does not repeat itself," said von der Leyen.
In her opinion, this requires increasing the capacity of the European defense industry.
"We must ensure that no industrial bottleneck prevents us from defending Europe and providing full support to Ukraine," the European Commissioner emphasized.
"Thirdly, the best way to ensure Ukraine's stability and prosperity in the medium and long term is through membership in the European Union. For Ukraine to recover, Europe is the answer. To further strengthen Ukraine's democracy, Europe is the answer. To protect Ukraine from future interference - again, Europe is the answer," summarized Ursula von der Leyen.
- On November 4, Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Kyiv and was personally met by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The President of the European Commission addressed the Verkhovna Rada on Ukraine's accession to the EU.