The Finnish Prime Minister’s speech is part of the “This is Europe” series, where leaders of EU member states are invited to the EU Parliament to discuss their vision for the future of the EU.
Despite the multitude of challenges Europe is currently facing, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) told the European Parliament on Tuesday that there are also many reasons to be hopeful.
“Ukraine will win the war with our support. There are no other options. In our hearts they have already won,” Marin said Tuesday morning during a speech at a plenary session of the EU parliament in Strasbourg.
The Finnish Prime Minister also praised the unity of the EU since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, noting that Europe and the Western world have acted “with determination and unity” in supporting Ukraine.
“This unit is especially important when Russia uses energy as a weapon,” Marin said.
“Blackmailing our societies through energy supplies is an attempt to erode European support for Ukraine and break our unity. Putin must not succeed in doing this,” she said, adding that such efforts were “short-sighted”.
“With its war, Russia is destroying its own economy and future. Our confidence in Russia is gone and even if the war ends today, confidence will not be restored for a long time,” she said.
Marin calls for EU unity on energy crisis
During her speech, Marin also spoke about rising energy costs in the EU and said that Europe must also remain united on this front.
“We need to ensure the availability of energy across Europe and also be ready for the implementation of extraordinary measures to lower the price of energy,” she said, adding that disputes between EU member states play into Russia’s hands.
“An internally divided EU is a weak EU, and that’s what Russia wants,” Marin noted.
She added that the sacrifices made by the EU countries cannot be compared to the struggles facing the Ukrainian people.
“While we count the price of war in euros, Ukrainians count the cost in human lives,” Marin said.
Marin’s visit to Strasbourg is part of the “This is Europe” series, where leaders of EU member states are invited to the European Parliament to discuss their vision for the future of the EU. The series previously featured speeches by the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi as well as Estonian PM Kaja Kallas.
During her visit, Marin will also meet with the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola and commissioner Jutta Urpilainen (SDP).
This article is being updated.