Von der Leyen Meets Italian Leaders, Discusses Ukraine and EU Elections

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Italian leaders in Rome to discuss the Ukraine-Russia conflict and upcoming European elections. She emphasized the importance of Ukrainian sovereignty and a united EU front in maintaining pressure on Russia to cease its aggression.

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Von der Leyen Meets Italian Leaders, Discusses Ukraine and EU Elections

Von der Leyen Meets Italian Leaders, Discusses Ukraine and EU Elections

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Italian leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and Forza Italia leader Antonio Tajani, in Rome on Monday to discuss the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the upcoming European elections. The meeting comes amid ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, with the European Union playing a key role in mediating the conflict.

Why this matters: The EU's stance on the Ukraine-Russia conflict has significant implications for global security and the balance of power in Europe. A united front among EU leaders is crucial in maintaining pressure on Russia to cease its aggression and respect Ukrainian sovereignty.

During the meeting at the De Gasoeri Foundation, von der Leyen emphasized the importance of Ukrainian sovereignty and the need for Russia to cease its aggression in order to facilitate talks, possible, stops, bombs, says. "If Putin stopped the bombing, there could be peace negotiations the day after," she said, adding that "the peace process must be led by the Ukrainians. It is their right to do so."

Von der Leyen also stressed the significance of the post-World War II order, stating, "After the Second World War, we built an order of peace, based on the legitimate sovereignty of the member Countries and on international law. Russia is challenging all this." Her statements underscore the EU's commitment to upholding international law and supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.

The meeting in Rome is part of von der Leyen's European-election campaign, as she is the lead candidate of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP). She ruling, deal with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, which Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni's right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) party belongs to.

Von der Leyen emphasized the importance of cooperation among pro-European parties, stating, "It is more important than ever for a broad coalition of pro-European parties to cooperate when our common interests are at stake." She added, "I will, therefore, work with all those who are clearly committed to the rule of law, the European Union and Ukraine."

The European Commission President also acknowledged the challenges ahead, saying, "The situation for Europe is serious and the challenges ahead are enormous." Her visit to Rome and discussions with Italian leaders highlight the EU's efforts to address the Ukraine-Russia conflict and ensure a united front in the upcoming European elections.

Key Takeaways

  • EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Italian leaders to discuss Ukraine-Russia conflict and European elections.
  • Von der Leyen emphasized Ukrainian sovereignty and need for Russia to cease aggression for peace talks.
  • EU's stance on Ukraine-Russia conflict has significant implications for global security and European balance of power.
  • Von der Leyen stressed importance of cooperation among pro-European parties in upcoming European elections.
  • EU's efforts aim to address Ukraine-Russia conflict and ensure a united front in European elections.