“We have to keep increasing the pressure on Russia,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said on Friday, Reuters reports.

The European Union must further increase the pressure on Russia and support Ukraine, says the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in Kiruna, in northern Sweden.

“We must maintain the increase in pressure on Russia and we will obviously continue our unwavering support for Ukraine,” said the head of the community executive, according to Agerpres.

Being in the country that took over the six-month presidency of the EU Council on January 1, Ursula von der Leyen said that, since the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia has cut 80% of gas supplies to the European Union, but the EU bloc has compensated by diversifying energy sources.

“Difficult work has been done. The price of gas is now lower than before the Russian invasion,” Von der Leyen said.

Russia launched an unprovoked and unjustified aggression against Ukraine on February 24 last year. Moscow claims that it is conducting a “special military operation to de-Nazify” the neighboring country and to protect the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine.

Editor: Loredana Bancas

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