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Varadkar: Ireland will support Ukraine “for as long as it takes”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that Ireland will be supporting Ukraine in its war against Russia “for as long as it takes.”

The remarks were made in the Belgian capital of Brussels this week ahead of a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as the embattled leader meets with various EU politicians, including Varadkar.

Topics on the agenda for discussion include the ongoing war, accommodating the surge of Ukrainian refugees across Europe, and the issue of human trafficking as it relates to immigration.

“Ukraine will be the principal topic of discussion at this special council,” Varadkar said, speaking before the meeting.

The Taoiseach added that the European Union “stands resolutely” with Ukraine, adding that Ireland and the EU would support Zelensky’s country “for as long as it takes.”

“Ireland and the EU will provide Ukraine with the humanitarian, military, and financial aid it needs until Russia has been repelled,” Varadkar said.

He added: “We want to see its application for EU membership progress as quickly as possible.”

Speaking on the ongoing influx of refugees from Ukraine and elsewhere, the Taoiseach said that “Migration is a good thing for Ireland and enriches our society.”

“It’s important that we have robust systems in place to make sure that we welcome those who are genuinely fleeing war and oppression and return those who are not,” he said.


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