Ursula Von der Leyen and Joseph Borrell arrived in kyiv to demonstrate the European Union’s strong support for Ukraine
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenand fifteen members of its Executive, including the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrellarrived this Thursday in kyiv to “to show that the EU stands behind Ukraine as strongly as ever.”
“It’s good to be back in kyiv, my fourth time since the invasion of Russia. This time, with my team of curators. We are here together to show that the EU supports Ukraine as firmly as ever and further deepen our support and cooperation,” Von der Leyen said on his official Twitter account.
For his part, Borrell assured in a message on Twitter that “Europe stood together with Ukraine from day one. And he will continue to be with you to win and rebuild.” He also stressed that “EU aid has reached 50,000 million since the beginning of the Russian war.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy added that his goal with this visit is to convey “the strongest message of support from the EU to all Ukrainians who defend their country.”
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will join this Friday to celebrate a summit between the EU and Ukraine.
The visit to kyiv of the College of Commissioners is “a strong symbol of the Commission’s support for Ukraine in the face of unprovoked and unjustified aggression by Russia”, highlighted the community Executive in a statement.
“The meeting between the Commission and the Ukrainian government will be an opportunity to exchange on the many areas of cooperation between the EU and Ukraine, and discuss the upcoming reconstruction, as well as the country’s European path. It is also an opportunity to further deepen cooperation with Ukraine,” he added. Brussels.
In addition to Borrell, who also accompanied Von der Leyen On their first trip to kyiv last spring, after the invasion of Ukraine, two executive vice presidents traveled to the Ukrainian capital on Thursday Margrethe Vestager Y Valdis Dombrovskis.
The vice-presidents are also part of the delegation Maroš Šefcovic (Interinstitutional Relations and Prospective), Věra Jourová (Values and Transparency) and Margaritis Schinas (Promotion of the European Lifestyle).
The nine curators who complete the group are Nicholas Schmitt (Employment and Social Rights), Paolo Gentiloni (Economy), Janusz Wojciechowski (Agriculture), Didier Reynders (Justice), Ylva Johansson (Inside), Janez Lenarcic (Crisis Management), Oliver Varhelyi (Neighborhood and Expansion), Virginijus Sinkevicius (Environment) and Mairead McGuinness (Financial services).
All of them will celebrate in kyiv the first meeting in the history of the Community Executive in a country at wara day with a more symbolic than practical character since great advances are not expected in the relationship between the EU and Ukraine.
Taking into account the security conditions, the majority of the members of the Commission will begin the return trip to Brussels today, with the exception of Von der Leyen, who will meet on Friday with Michel and the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyto celebrate the 24th summit between the EU and Ukraine.
In the announcement chapter, official confirmation is expected that the EU will increase the capacity of its training mission to Ukrainian troops to train 30,000 militarydouble the initial objective, plus a game of 25 million for demining programs in the field and the formal adoption of the seventh batch of 500 million of the fund that the EU uses to pay for the shipment of arms from the Twenty-seven to Ukraine.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)