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War in Ukraine: "It's good to be back", says Ursula von der Leyen, arrival in kyiv

2023-02-02T09:30:54.109Z

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - This symbolic visit intends to reaffirm European support, as the anniversary of the start of the war approaches.



Ursula von der Leyen in Kiev, end of the "

Russian question

"...

Le Figaro

takes stock of the war in Ukraine this Thursday, February 2, 2023.

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Ursula von der Leyen back in Kyiv

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen assured Ukraine of the full support of the European Union, arriving this Thursday, February 2 in Kyiv accompanied by her commissioners for a meeting on the eve of an EU-Ukraine summit .

"

Good to be back in Kyiv, my fourth time since the Russian invasion and this time with my team of stewards

," she wrote on Twitter.

"

We are here together to show that the EU stands firmly with Ukraine

," she added.

Read alsoWar in Ukraine: European Union commissioners land in kyiv

Ursula von der Leyen is accompanied by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and around fifteen European commissioners who will meet their colleagues from the Ukrainian government.

The Commission described this visit as a “

strong symbol

” of European support for Ukraine “

in the face of unjustified aggression

” from Russia.

Ukraine, an official candidate for EU membership, then hosts a summit this Friday with Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (left) in kyiv on September 15, 2022. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP

Moscow accuses Westerners of shutting down 'Russian question'

The head of Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov accused Thursday, February 2, the West of supporting Ukraine to put an end to “

the Russian question

”, accusing by name the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, visiting Kiev.

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Ursula von der Leyen "

declared that the result of the war must be the defeat of Russia, and such a defeat that she will not recover for decades

", Sergei Lavrov said in a television interview, "

Is n't

this not racism, Nazism and an attempt to resolve the Russian question?

".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a press conference in Moscow, Russia, January 31, 2023. POOL / REUTERS

Source: lefigaro

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