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Ukraine: Von der Leyen hears Zelensky, 1.5 billion per month on the way – Politics

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, spoke today with her Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. At the center of the discussion is the guarantee of EU financial support to Kiev in the coming months, up to 1.5 billion euros per month, for a total of 18 billion euros, which will contribute significantly to covering Ukraine’s financial needs. for 2023. The phone call follows the President’s announcement at the end of the last European Council.

Both leaders recognized the importance of ensuring predictable and regular funding of essential state functions. Support in the form of highly subsidized long-term loans, covering interest costs, would also help support Ukraine’s reforms and its path to EU membership. President von der Leyen confirmed work in progress to continue providing immediate humanitarian support to Ukraine, particularly during the winter.

Leaders also discussed the importance of ensuring Ukraine’s agricultural exports can reach the world. Finally, the leaders discussed the strengthening of sanctions, as well as the negative role played by Iran’s support for Russian aggression and how to respond.

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