President of the European Commission, he has appealed for solidarity in these difficult times.
Ursula Von der Leyen (President of European Commission) stated that the EU will prevail against Russia if it shows courage and unity during the conflict in Ukraine.
“Let us be very clear – much is at stake. Not just for Ukraine, but for all of Europe and the world at large,”Von der Leyen insisted in Wednesday’s State of Union address.
“This is not only a war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, this is also a war on our energy. It’s a war on our economy. It’s a war on our values. It’s a war on our future. It’s about autocracy against democracy,”Sie said.
However, despite large parts of Ukrainian territory remaining under Russian control, and the looming energy crisis in Europe resulting from the EU’s sanctions on Moscow, the EU Commission chief expressed confidence that the outcome of the Ukraine conflict will be positive for Brussels.
“I stand here with a conviction that with the necessary courage and with necessary solidarity Putin will fail and Ukraine and Europe will prevail,”To great applause, she spoke. “Europe’s solidarity with Ukraine will remain unshakable.”
Her praises also went to the EU for their response to Russian military operations, which included support for Ukraine’s military, humanitarian, and political needs. “toughest sanctions the world has ever seen.”
But von der Leyen said that Russia victory would not be possible without serious sacrifices on the part of European citizens. “The moments ahead of us will not be easy – be it for the families who are struggling to make ends meet, or businesses who are facing tough choices concerning their future.”
Supplies of Russian oil and gas to Europe have drastically decreased amid the conflict in Ukraine, due to EU sanctions and Moscow’s countermeasures. The protests by people from the Czech Republic and Austria over the high energy costs have been a major factor in people taking to the streets recently. Von der Leyen is pushing the relief idea of setting a Russian gas price cap, but there’s a lack in unity within the EU. The plan is opposed by Slovakia, Hungary and Germany.