“We will help you rebuild your cities,” European Parliament President tells Ukrainians – POLITICO

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola vowed to step up aid to Ukraine and spoke of “further reaching” sanctions against Russia during a visit to Kyiv on Friday, where she met with Ukrainian leaders.

“We will help you rebuild your towns and villages,” Metsola said called at a press conference alongside Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk. “We have already provided financial, military and humanitarian assistance – this will continue and increase.”

“We will look after the families who have been forced to flee … until the day they can safely return to their homes,” she said.

Metsola said she also met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and the two spoken on the need for “more and more far-reaching” sanctions against Moscow. European leaders have approved four rounds of sanctions against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine but remain divided on imposing an energy embargo on Moscow and have dismissed Kiev’s calls for a no-fly zone.

Metsola announced the surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital on Twitter just a few hours before arriving in Kyiv. she called She had decided to leave after receiving an invitation from Stefanchuk.

The Maltese politician, who belongs to the centre-right European People’s Party and was elected speaker of parliament in January, is the first leader of a major EU institution to visit Ukraine since the Russian attack began on February 24.

Last month, three of Central Europe’s prime ministers – Pole Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Petr Fiala and Slovenian Janez Janša – traveled to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Shmyhal. Ahead of the visit, Zelenskyy invited other world leaders and wrote on social media that he wanted “all friends of Ukraine to visit Kyiv”.

Metsola also met with representatives of political groups and addressed an extraordinary session of Ukraine’s parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – during the visit, a spokesman confirmed.

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