The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, today (June 10, 2022) met with Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Both the dignitaries reaffirmed their support for the innocent people of Ukraine who are suffering from the Russia-Ukraine war.
EU President providing information about the meeting, tweeted, “Truly glad to meet again His Holiness Pope Francis in Rome today. We stand with those suffering from the destruction in Ukraine. This war must end, bringing peace back to Europe”.
On her visit to Italy, Der Leyen also met with the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, on June 9 and held many significant discussions, which also included the Russia-Ukraine war.
“Very glad to exchange with President Mattarella today at Quirinale. I am grateful for your support. Putin’s war causes shockwaves. For EU energy supply, global food security, and our rules-based world order. It is key that Europe stays united and finds common solutions”, she then added.
She also visited the place where the “Treaty of Rome” was signed in the year 1957.
The Commission is providing timely assistance to the nationals of the war-hit country. Yesterday, the EU raised the total sum amount of humanitarian aid to Ukraine by 205 million euro and hence taking the total support amount provided by the Commission above 700 million euro.
The war of Russia-Ukraine has now entered its 107th day and, to date, has caused severe destruction in Ukraine. The war-torn country is still standing tall in front of the Russian troops, not even planning to take a step back.
Further asking the countries to phase out the Russian fossil fuels, the EU tweeted, “Russia is creating an increase of food prices and attempting to export looted wheat and grain. We are calling on all our partners to make sure that whatever they buy, they know where it comes from, and they do not take anything looted by the Russians from Ukraine”.