Thu, 06 Oct 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hailed the EU's prompt collective response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine as France's rotating presidency of the bloc draws to an end. EU leaders meeting in Brussels are focused on how the bloc can cope without Russian gas as Western nations supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression attempt to maintain a united front.

A day after celebrations over Ukraine's candidacy, Friday's discussions in Brussels were a sobering reflection on the economic impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Following unprecedented Western sanctions imposed over the invasion, a dozen European countries have so far been hit by cuts in gas flows from Russia, triggering a frantic search for alternative supplies across the bloc.

Originally published on France24

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