EU must support Ukraine without discounting Putin’s dangerousness

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The Prime Minister announced today that the European Council has reached agreement on the creation of a permanent support mechanism for Ukraine and warned of Putin’s “level of dangerousness” despite his apparent political weakening.

“A very important part [of the Council conclusions] is the creation of a permanent support mechanism for Ukraine,” António Costa said at a press conference at the end of a two-day European summit in Brussels.

The prime minister argued that European Union (EU) member states must be focused on “ensuring that Ukraine is in a position to win a just and lasting peace.”

About the meeting between the 27 and the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, at the beginning of the summit on Thursday, António Costa said that “there was some level of information shared, but no clearer indication” about the rebellion of the Wagner mercenaries last Saturday.

There is, however, “a sign, in fact, of weakening leadership” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We will see what happens in the future […], but the level of dangerousness that [Putin] has already revealed is enough to worry us,” added the Portuguese chief executive.

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