Sunday, December 3

Biden and European leaders agree to increase “sanctions on Russia” and “military, financial and humanitarian aid” to Ukraine

More military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. And more sanctions on Russia. This is what the European leaders and the president of the United States, Joe Biden, have addressed in the videoconference held this Tuesday, without, for the moment, having disclosed specific details about future sanctions or military aid.

“With the US president and other partners we have discussed improving the coordinated response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The need for more humanitarian, financial and military aid has been addressed. The EU will develop the Ukraine Solidarity Fund for the immediate support and reconstruction of a democratic Ukraine”, said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel:

“Good meeting with President Biden and European leaders to address Russia’s latest offensive in Donbas, which we had warned about,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted: “We agreed to impose additional costs on the Kremlin and continue our support for Ukraine. President Putin must end the war immediately.”

The European Commission has already announced that it is working on a sixth package of sanctions in which oil could be included, something that Germany and Hungary are resisting.

“The leaders condemned Russia’s ongoing attack on eastern Ukraine,” the NATO statement states, “with heavy shelling that is causing even greater human suffering. The leaders stressed that President Putin must end the war immediately and agreed on the importance of imposing even stronger sanctions on Moscow until he does so. NATO will do whatever it takes to protect and defend all allies.”

“World leaders unite in support of Ukraine”, said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen: “We will further strengthen sanctions against Russia and intensify financial and security assistance to Ukraine”

#StandwithUkraineThe call was attended by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; French President Emmanuel Macron; German Chancellor Olaf Scholz; the Italian prime minister, Mario Draghi; the Polish president, Andrzej Duda; the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis; as well as the president of the European Commission. Ursula von der Leyen; the President of the European Council, Charles Michel; and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

EU accession

The European Commission, in addition, has insisted on Tuesday that it will expedite Ukraine’s EU accession file. “The first part was about political and economic criteria and the second is about the adoption of the acquis communautaire,” explained the spokesman, Eric Mamer, in relation to the form that the Ukrainian authorities have already completed in just over a week to speed up its implementation. ingress.

Mamer has stressed that once it has the complete questionnaire, Brussels will work “diligently” and will issue its opinion “as quickly as possible”.

This questionnaire is the central piece of the opinion prepared by the European Executive to analyze the options of a country to be a candidate to access the community club. Once this evaluation has been prepared, it is sent to the Council – the Governments – for it to decide.