With a strong handshake and a hug, the Ukrainian president Volodímir Zelenski has received in kyiv the president of the European Council, Charles Michel. The president has released a video on social networks of that meeting in the Ukrainian capital. According to the tweet written by Zelensky, both “discussed sanctions against Russia, defense and financial support to our State, and the responses to the questionnaire on compliance with the EU criteria”. “Thank you for a meaningful meeting and solidarity with the people of Ukraine”, he added.
Великий друг🇺🇦 – Президент Європейської ради Шарль Мішель @eucopresident сьогодні у Києві. Обговорили Санкції проти росії, оборонну та фінансову підтримку нашої держави й відповіді для анкети щодо відповідності критеріям єс Дякую за змістовну зустріч і солідарність з народом 🇺🇦! pic.twitter.com/luZDNxbmcc — Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) April 20, 2022
Before, Michel affirmed from the town of Borodyanka, on the outskirts of kyiv, that “there will be no peace without justice” in the war in Ukraine. “Like in Bucha and too many other locations in Ukraine, History will not forget the war crimes committed here“, said the former Belgian Prime Minister in a message on his social networks after traveling to that town hit by Russian troops. The President of the European Council He traveled to Ukraine this Wednesday without prior announcement. “In kyiv today. In the heart of free and democratic Europe,” she wrote on his social media. Since the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Europe, Michel has been in regular contact with Zelensky, which has shown the constant support of the European Union. His gesture comes after the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, traveled to Ukraine 12 days ago. Previously, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, was the first community leader to move to Ukraine in the middle of the war. During During his visit, von der Leyen promised Zelensky that he would speed up Ukraine’s accession process to the community bloc and delivered the entry questionnaire, the key piece to prepare the opinion of the European Executive in which it evaluates the options to enter the EU.