EU leaders to discuss Ukraine, energy prices, security amid Russian escalation

(EurActiv, 3 Oct 2022) EU leaders will discuss how to step up support for Ukraine, their joint next steps to tame soaring energy prices and coordinate their response to the fallout of the Nord Stream sabotage when they meet later this week in Prague on Friday (7 October).

In his invitation letter to EU leaders published on Sunday (2 October), European Council President Charles Michel called for a firm EU response to recent developments, including Russia declaring the annexation of four regions of Ukraine last week.

“At our meeting, we will discuss how to continue providing strong economic, military, political and financial support to Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Michel said.

Russia’s formal announcement of the illegal annexation came after Moscow held what it called referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine, which both Western governments and Kyiv condemned as breaching international law.

The informal EU summit in Prague is also set to produce guidance on the next steps the EU should take to address soaring energy prices, Michel said.

“Our primary objective is to ensure that we guarantee the security of supply and affordable energy for our households and businesses, particularly as the winter cold approaches,” he said.

EU energy ministers adopted a fresh set of policies on Friday to tame high energy costs, including windfall profit taxes on energy firms.

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