“Our way of life deserves to be defended. It’s worth the cost. For the next generation, for everyone in Ukraine and around the world who believes in Europe. For anyone who wants to be free.
Addressing the extraordinary plenary session of the European Parliament on “Russian aggression against Ukraine”, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, defined our four important principles for the future of the European Union. First, Europe can no longer remain dependent on Kremlin gas. “We must redouble our efforts to diversify our energy systems towards a Europe that is no longer at the mercy of autocrats. This will strengthen our energy security.
Second, President Metsola said that Europe could no longer accept Kremlin money and pretend there were no strings attached. “Putin’s oligarchs and those who finance him should no longer be able to use their purchasing power to hide behind a veneer of respectability, in our cities, our communities or our sports clubs.” Third, investment in our defense must match our rhetoric. President Metsola underlined that “Europe must move towards a genuine Security and Defense Union. We showed last week that it is possible and desirable, and more than anything, it is necessary.
Fourth, President Metsola spoke about the importance of fighting the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign. “I call on social media and tech conglomerates to take their responsibility seriously and understand that there is no neutrality between firefighters and firefighters.”
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Thanking Ukrainian President Zelenskyy for showing the world what it means to stand tall, President Metsola said the European Parliament recognizes Ukraine’s European perspective. “As our resolution makes clear, we welcome Ukraine’s application for candidate status and we will work towards it. We must face the future together.
In her speech, President Metsola also announced that having a long and proud history of being a thorn in the side of autocrats, the European Parliament will call for a ban on any representative of the Kremlin from entering its premises. “Aggressors and warmongers have no place in the House of Democracy.”
[Source: EU Parliament]