He acknowledges naivety with Putin: “We should have listened to those who know him and for years they told us that he was not going to stop”
BRUSSELS, Sep. 14 (Moose Gazette) –
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has demanded determination from the European Union to keep the pulse with Russian President Vladimir Putin, pointing out that the European sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine are already affecting the Russian economy and that “they have come to stay”.
In a speech at the Debate on the State of the Union held in Strasbourg (France), Von der Leyen wanted to send a message of firmness against Putin whom he has blamed for a spiral of “destruction and death” in Ukraine.
“I want to make it clear, the sanctions are here to stay. This is the time for us to show determination, not appeasement,” he said, in a call to maintain unity within the Twenty-seven at a time when Moscow is going to try to exploit the differences between member states.
The speech revolved around the situation in Ukraine, with the presence of the first lady, Olena Zelenska, guest of honor at the plenary session, and with all the commissioners and Von der Leyen herself wearing the blue and yellow colors of the flag ukrainian
For the president of the European Commission, the war in Ukraine is about an attack on the energy, values and future of Europe. “It is a fight between autocracy and democracy. And I am here with the conviction that with courage and solidarity, Putin will fail and Europe will prevail,” she stressed.
In this sense, the conservative German has ensured that punitive measures are already noticeable in sectors such as aviation or car sales in Russia. She also recalled that nearly a thousand international companies have left the country since the start of the war in Ukraine, where Moscow’s military capacity is also affected by the lack of chip systems.
“The Russian Army is using chips from dishwashers and refrigerators to repair their military hardware, because they ran out of semiconductors. Russia’s industry is in tatters,” he said.
ACKNOWLEDGES EUROPEAN INGENUITY WITH PUTIN
Von der Leyen has acknowledged before the MEPs that the EU has made mistakes in its relations with Russia, after assuring that the Europeans have been somewhat naive in their dealings with Putin and should have listened more to those who know him.
At this point, he recalled the Russian journalist Ana Politkovskaya, murdered in 2006 after denouncing the war in Chechnya, and “all the journalists who exposed his crimes and paid the ultimate price for denouncing him”, as well as the voices in Belarus, Ukraine , Moldova or Georgia, Poland, the Baltic countries and Central Europe that have been warning about the practices of the Russian president for years.
“They have been telling us for years that Putin would not stop. And they acted accordingly,” admitted the head of the Community Executive, at which time she set as an example to follow the measures of the Baltic countries to end dependence on the Russian hydrocarbons.