Posted on Sep 03, 2022
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky this week met with the Staff of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, along with heads of the defence and security to discuss the country's further steps in European integration.
He also participated in the work of the influential Ambrosetti Forum, where Italian Prime Minister Draghi proposed new directions of cooperation between the two states.
For us, the movement of Ukraine to the European Union and the transformation within our country is one of the key elements of the long-term protection of the state, a guarantee of freedom for all Ukrainians. Therefore, the European integration process deserves not just separate attention to political, economic, social, and legal aspects, but a holistic approach. Moving towards Europe, we are strengthening Ukrainian national life as a whole. I am sure that Ukraine will become a full member of the EU.
"We are fighting for support and understanding of Ukraine in all European countries, in all audiences of European societies. I remind you every time that the protection of Ukraine is the protection of all of Europe. Not only ours, but the entire democratic world," Zelensky said.
"It is from this point of view that it is worth considering the decision agreed by the G7 countries to cap the price of Russian oil. When this mechanism is implemented, it will become an important element of protecting civilised countries and energy markets from Russian hybrid aggression.
"It is long overdue for such energy sanctions against Russia. The sanctions that will not only limit the flow of petrodollars and gas euros to Moscow, but also, importantly, restore justice for all Europeans, whom Russia is trying to blackmail with artificially inflated prices on the energy market."
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