Zelensky Seeks Air Defense and Reconstruction Support, Highlights Europe’s Unity Against Russia at Berlin Conference

At a Berlin conference, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized the unity of Europe in its opposition to Russia, appealing for air defense and reconstruction support. His speech highlighted the challenges posed by the rising political support for far-right parties in Europe, some of which have shown support for Russia. This development comes at a critical time as Europe grapples with how to maintain its support for Ukraine amidst these political shifts.

  • Zelensky addressed the German Parliament, positioning Europe united against Russia, stating that Putin will lose and Europe will remain a continent without war.
  • Members of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which recently gained nearly 16% of the vote, boycotted Zelensky’s speech. The AfD has openly supported Russia.
  • The Austrian far-right party FPO, securing more than 25% of votes in the EU elections, along with over 130 far-right members entering the European Parliament, raises concerns about the implications for Ukraine.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron’s loss to the far-right National Rally party in the elections underscores the changing political landscape in Europe, with potential impacts on support for Ukraine.
  • Despite the far right’s strengthened position, there is division among them regarding support for Ukraine, suggesting Europe’s commitment to aid Ukraine may remain unchanged.
  • The Identity and Democracy group, accused of being pro-Moscow, contrasts with the broadly pro-Ukraine stance of the European Conservatives and Reformists group.

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