European Commission reveals details of von der Leyen-Zelensky call

European Commission reveals details of von der Leyen-Zelensky call

The European Commission has disclosed the details of Sunday's phone call between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

That's according to a readout of the call published on the website of the European Commission, Ukrinform reports.

"The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, spoke today with President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. The main focus of the conversation was on ensuring financial support for Ukraine in the months ahead. President von der Leyen informed President Zelensky that she would this week propose a substantial financial package from the EU of up to EUR 1.5 billion a month, totalling up to EUR 18 billion, which would contribute significantly to cover Ukraine's financing needs for 2023," the report said.

It added that both leaders had recognized the importance of ensuring predictable and regular funding of essential state functions. The support in the form of highly concessional long-term loans, with coverage of the interest costs, would also work to support Ukraine's reforms and its path towards EU membership.

The European Commission said that the EU financial package would need to be matched by similar support from other major donors.

President von der Leyen confirmed ongoing work by the EU to continue to provide immediate humanitarian support to Ukraine, particularly over the winter. She reiterated that the EU is in it for the long haul in its support for Ukraine.

The leaders also discussed the importance of ensuring Ukraine's agricultural exports can reach the world. In addition to full support for the UN's efforts to reach agreement with Russia on the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the leaders also discussed plans to expand the capacities of the EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes, which have so far been used to transport the great majority of Ukrainian agricultural and non-agricultural exports since the start of the Russian war.

Finally, the leaders discussed strengthening sanctions, as well as the negative role played by Iran's support for Russia's aggression and how to respond.

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