Scholz reiterates his support for Ukraine’s aspiration to join the EU

Berlin, Aug 24 On the occasion of the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz once again supported that country’s aspirations to become a member of the European Union (EU), while assuring that Berlin will continue to supply weapons to kyiv.

“At the June European Council we said: Yes, Ukraine has a firm place in this free Europe, specifically as a member of the European Union. Its blue and yellow and the blue and yellow star flag go together,” he said in a video message to to the Ukrainian people.

He added that “what constitutes our Europe – freedom and the rule of law, pluralism and democracy – are currently being defended in Ukraine.”

He announced that at the end of October, the German government together with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will organize an international reconstruction conference in Berlin to “pave the future of Ukraine”.

“The Europe united in freedom and democracy is much stronger than the retrograde imperialism of Russia,” he said.

He was convinced that Ukraine “will expel the dark shadow of war, because it is strong and brave, and because it has friends in Europe and around the world.”

“We are proud to be among those friends today and in our common European future.” he added she.

He also assured that “Germany stands firm on the side of the threatened Ukraine”, today and as long as this country needs his support, because “neighbors help each other in adversity”.

“And we will continue to supply weapons, from howitzers to anti-aircraft systems, month after month. We will continue to train Ukrainian soldiers in the most modern European military equipment,” he promised.

Precisely tomorrow, he noted, he will meet with some Ukrainian soldiers who are receiving training in handling air defense tanks.

Sanctions, financial support to Ukraine and reconstruction aid will also continue, he added.

“Our borders and our hearts remain open to all those who have to flee Russian terror,” he said. EFE


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