Florence, Italy, May 6 (EFE).- Ukraine will win against Russia’s “brutal, illegal” war and Europe will be ready for the next generation, president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, said Friday.
“The events of the last months, with Russia’s brutal, illegal, medieval, invasion of Ukraine has accelerated the need for Europe to create the tools and the processes that it needs to lead in this new and uncertain world,” Metsola said during an opening speech of The State of the Union 2022 at the European University Institute in Florence.
“This is why we have accelerated our moves towards building a new Security and Defense Union, (…) this is why Ukraine will win. This is why Europe will be ready for the next generation,” she added.
Metsola said the European Union “has never been stronger” and “has never had such a determined sense of direction as it does today.”
She said Russian president Vladimir Putin’s “grave mistake was assuming our differences were a weakness; our defense of fundamental rights, a sign of feebleness.
“He was wrong. In democracies like ours, these are our strengths. They are the foundations of the next steps. They are our legitimacy and they are our compass,” she added. EFE