what to remember from the closing press conference of the Versailles summit with the 27 European leaders

“We keep pressure on Russia”assured Emmanuel Macron, Friday 11 March, at the end of the Versailles summit. “There is war on the ground, but we are not at war”, he repeated during this crisis meeting about the war in Ukraine. The French president held a press conference with Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, the president of the European Council. Franceinfo returns to the main points to remember from this summit, in which the leaders of the 27 Member States of the European Union took part.

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“Ukraine is part of the European family”

This was stated by Ursula von der Leyen, who said that the fate of Ukraine and the European Union was “related”before qualifying the Russian offensive “attack on democracies”† Ukraine applied in early March hoping to join “without delay” the block of twenty-seven.

“The road to our Europe is open to Ukrainiansabundant Emmanuel Macron. Their fight for democracy and the values ​​that bring us together showed that Ukraine is indeed part of our European family.” However, there is no question of urgent integration of Ukraine into the European Union. Can we have an exceptional and expedited procedure with a country at war? The answer is no”Emmanuel Macron announced at a press conference. “There is no quick procedure”Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had already said on Thursday.

500 million euros extra to help Ukraine militarily

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, had reported Friday morning this 500 million expansion in support of Ukraine. ‘The orientation has been taken to add 500 million euros’ on the first envelope of the same amount, said Charles Michel, the President of the European Council.

Funding comes from the “European Peace Facility”, a EUR 5 billion fund. It is supplemented by the Member States outside the Community budget. European leaders underlined that the European Union’s support to Ukraine was not only military, but also economic and humanitarian.

A new set of sanctions against Russia

A new sanctions package is well underway, although no details have been given on its content† “We are going to adopt a fourth sanctions package that will further isolate Russia from the global economy”said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

“We are ready to adopt other sanctions, all options are on the table”added Emmanuel Macron. “We are ready to punish further than what has been done”insisted the French president. “We will do everything we deem effective and useful to stop Russia on this path of aggression.”

Europe and Africa will be “very deeply destabilized” in terms of food

Ukraine is one of the world’s largest producers of wheat, Europe and Africa “will be very deeply destabilized in terms of food”, within a year, Emmanuel Macron warned. “We need to re-evaluate our production strategies to defend our food and protein sovereignty in Europe, but also re-evaluate a strategy related to Africa, otherwise eight different countries in Africa will be affected in the 12 to 10 months (.. .) because of what cannot be planted at the moment”he specified.