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Belgium: 'War has changed everything' - EP President Metsola on EU's response to 2023 political challenges02:31

Belgium: 'War has changed everything' - EP President Metsola on EU's response to 2023 political challenges

Belgium, Brussels
January 25, 2023 at 14:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, evaluated the European Union's responses to 2023 geopolitical challenges during an event held in Brussels on Wednesday.

Metsola said 'the war has changed everything, even the way that European institutions and bodies operate with one another'.

"As European nations prepare to send more tanks to Ukraine, to help it liberate more territory from Russia, these days, in the Donbas, bone-chilling explosions are constant and relentless. And relentlessly Ukraine is fighting for democracy, freedom and justice, and fighting for us too", said Metsola.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Since then, the European Union has openly supported Volodymyr Zelensky's government with financial and military aid.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

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The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, evaluated the European Union's responses to 2023 geopolitical challenges during an event held in Brussels on Wednesday.

Metsola said 'the war has changed everything, even the way that European institutions and bodies operate with one another'.

"As European nations prepare to send more tanks to Ukraine, to help it liberate more territory from Russia, these days, in the Donbas, bone-chilling explosions are constant and relentless. And relentlessly Ukraine is fighting for democracy, freedom and justice, and fighting for us too", said Metsola.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Since then, the European Union has openly supported Volodymyr Zelensky's government with financial and military aid.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.