• By The Financial District

EU Vows To Boost Ukraine Energy Security During Summit

The European Union (EU) has pledged further support for Ukraine's energy security at a summit on Tuesday, as well as signing several agreements aimed at boosting ties to Kiev, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.

Photo Insert: (left to right) EU President Charles Michel, Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

The EU was working with Ukrainian experts to boost gas delivery capacities from the bloc, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in Kiev, as an example of the help Brussels was providing. Amid tensions with Moscow, Ukraine has no longer received direct gas deliveries from Russia since 2015. Instead, natural gas has been purchased through intermediary companies, with most deliveries coming from EU member Slovakia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the deals signed at the 23rd Ukraine-EU summit on Tuesday, including one on common airspace. Kiev hopes this will allow for more flight connections to EU states.

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Zelensky also reiterated Ukraine's wish to join the EU, which has been part of the country's constitution since 2019. The conflict in eastern Ukraine featured prominently in the talks, attended also by European Council President Charles Michel.

Zelensky once again said Russia was to blame for the lack of progress in implementing a peace deal, while von der Leyen called on Moscow to "assume its responsibility as a party to the conflict."

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On Monday evening just ahead of the summit, Zelensky spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron about a solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

At issue was a possible summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the so-called Normandy format, the presidential office in Kiev announced. In the Normandy format, Germany and France are mediating between Ukraine and Russia in the conflict in the industrial region of Donbass near the Russian border, which has been ongoing since 2014.

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According to UN estimates, more than 13,000 people have been killed so far in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists. A peace plan agreed in 2015 with Franco-German mediation is on ice. Moscow repeatedly accuses Kiev of sabotaging its implementation.

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