Head of European Parliament visits Ukraine and says ‘We are on your side’ | world news

KYIV (Reuters) – During a visit to Kyiv on Friday, the head of the European parliament said Europeans stood with Ukraine and would help rebuild its cities after the war with Russia.

Roberta Metsola, who took over the presidency of the European Parliament in January, also said the assembly would support Ukraine’s efforts to begin the process of joining the European Union.

“Please believe me when I say that the European Parliament, the European Union and European citizens stand with Ukraine. That is why I am here today, because we stand with you. sides,” she said after arriving in the capital, Kyiv.

Metsola, who is Maltese, made three pledges to Ukraine.

“First, the criminal invasion of Ukraine by (President Vladimir) Putin brings Russia into direct confrontation with Europe, the international community and the rules-based world order. we will let it go without question,” she said.

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“Secondly, the European Union recognizes your European ambitions and your aspiration to be a candidate country for the succession. And you can count on the full support of the European Parliament to achieve this goal.”

“Thirdly, we will help you rebuild your towns and villages when this illegal, unprovoked and unnecessary war is over. We have already provided financial, military and humanitarian aid. This will continue and increase,” she said during a joint press briefing with Ruslan Stefanchuk, chairman of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, or parliament.

Stefanchuk said they discussed maintaining international sanctions against Russia, humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine and EU membership procedures.

The prime ministers of EU member states Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia visited Kyiv last month in a show of solidarity with Ukraine. EU countries are among those that imposed sanctions on Russia for its invasion.

(Additional reporting by Max Hunder, writing by Timothy Heritage, editing by Alessandra Prentice)

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