The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, celebrated Europe Day in the Ukrainian city of Odesa, on the shores of the Black Sea.
“I came to celebrate Europe Day in Odessa, the city where (Russian poet Alexander) Pushkin said that ‘you can feel Europe,'” Michel assured through a tweet posted on his official Twitter account.
Michel assured that in Odesa “the Ukrainian people protect their monuments from bullets and rockets and their freedom from Russian aggression” and assured that “it is not alone, the EU is with you”.
Michel said he saw “silos full of grain, wheat and corn ready for export” in the port of Odessa, noting that “this much-needed food is stranded due to the Russian war and the blockade of the Black Sea ports.”
The president affirmed that this situation is “causing dramatic consequences for vulnerable countries” and said that “a global response” is needed.
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According to an EU official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the visit was “a further demonstration of the European Union’s unwavering solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their fight against Russian aggression.”
Michel met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmigal and held a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky via video conference.
The source revealed that the meeting was interrupted and the leaders had to take shelter due to an attack.
According to the official, the talks focused on finding the “best way in which the EU can continue to support Ukraine in dealing with the humanitarian, economic and military challenges it currently faces.”
They also discussed “the importance of supporting Ukraine’s current liquidity challenges,” Ukraine’s reconstruction plans and European integration after the war ends.
On May 9, the EU celebrates “peace and unity in Europe”, marking the anniversary of French diplomat Robert Schuman’s historic declaration in 1950, who proposed cooperation among Western European countries, including Germany, as the final act. of reconciliation after the Second World War.
*Translated by Daniel Gallego.
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