EU leaders met in Prague on 7 October to discuss the EU’s response to the Kremlin’s latest escalations. While discussing Russia’s war against Ukraine, the EU leaders were joined by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy via video conference.
EU leaders discussed the eighth sanctions package adopted on 6 October 2022 in response to Russia’s sham ‘referenda’ and illegal annexations in Ukraine. They reiterated their full support for Ukraine and said they will stand by it for as long as it takes.
“This is an aggression against Ukraine and an unacceptable war. We are determined to mobilise all the possible tools and means at our disposal to support Ukraine financially and militarily, as well as with humanitarian and, of course, political support,” said European Council President Charles Michel.
As part of the EU’s military support, the leaders discussed military training missions for Ukraine. The leaders also discussed providing ongoing financial support to prepare Ukraine for this winter, as well as support for Ukraine’s reconstruction, which will be discussed further at the International Expert Conference on Reconstruction in Berlin on 25 October 2022.
The informal European Council also prepared the ground for the forthcoming formal European Council in Brussels on 20 and 21 October, at which the leaders are expected to take decisions and adopt conclusions on the issues discussed in Prague.
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