A summit between the European Union and Ukraine is scheduled for February 3, 2023, in Kyiv, according to a statement from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office. According to the official report, Zelenskyy’s first task in 2023 was to discuss the agenda with Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.
“The parties discussed expected results of the next Ukraine-EU summit to be held on February 3 in Kyiv and agreed to intensify preparatory work,” the statement read. They discussed a new $19 billion financial aid package for Ukraine as they traded barbs on the phone. Zelenskyy argued an early transaction of the initial portion of the help. Another issue was the availability of “appropriate” weapons for the country embroiled in conflict. The European Union offered Ukraine a “megadeal” in December 2022. The second-largest European country, Ukraine, received aid in exchange for adopting a global corporate tax rate of 15%.
Later, Zelenskyy made a plea for the 27-nation bloc’s dispute not to cause any obstacles in Kyiv’s support. The summit’s location wasn’t known until earlier in December. But a representative for the head of the EU’s leaders officially asked President Zelensky to visit Brussels that day and confirmed the time. Later, he reaffirmed that the invitation was not intended to indicate that the meeting would take place in Brussels.
According to the EU, the summit’s goal is to debate how it might support Ukraine even more in its conflict with Russia. The Commission and the Council of the 27 EU Leaders, two institutions that are seen as the EU’s cornerstones, will also talk about Ukraine’s stance on coalition membership. Zelenskyy has virtually continuously appeared at EU summits since the start of the war in February 2022. But on Wednesday, he arrived in Washington for the first time since the war began.
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