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European Commission President on EU’s goals for Ukraine’s victory

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November 7,2023 890
European Commission President on EU’s goals for Ukraine’s victory

The European Union should focus on specific tasks to help Ukraine win the war, said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. The EU should work on Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula, increasing defense capabilities and Ukraine’s membership in the European Union, von der Leyen believes.

Putin’s failure will not automatically translate into Ukraine’s victory,” said the politician, and emphasized that the European Union should focus on specific goals to help Ukraine as much as it will be needed “as the war drags on.”

The European Union must continue its work to achieve a just and durable peace, not another frozen conflict. For this, it is necessary to adhere to the terms of Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula, von der Leyen is convinced.

Secondly, the EU should increase its production capabilities to guarantee the long-term security of Ukraine. “This is why we have introduced ASAP, the Act in Support of Ammunition Production. But we must, of course, also look beyond ammunition. We have to look at air defence – which is crucial at the moment being –, maritime capabilities, but, of course, for the mid and long term, also cyber and space,” said the President of the European Commission.

The European Union now has a window of opportunity to become more decisive and take more decisive steps towards a true European defense union. At the same time, the best way to ensure Ukraine’s stability and prosperity in the medium and long term is membership in the European Union, the president concluded.

On the way to the European Union, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted far-reaching reforms that many considered impossible before the war, the President of the European Commission emphasized. “They tell me that, today more than ever before, we are the masters of our own future. And they are right,” von der Leyen said.

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