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Poland drops veto on EU summit deal, clears way for Ukraine financing package


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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Poland withdrew its opposition to the EU’s minimum corporate tax and held a summit on Thursday to unlock a package of related agreements, including billion euros (. billion dollars) for Ukraine in

, the diplomat said.

Leaders were stymied on several fronts at the Brussels summit at the end of a turbulent year in which the The EU, which has closely supported Ukraine following the Russian invasion, has also often struggled to agree in Moscow on how much pressure to exert.

Poland caught its EU counterparts off guard and they did not expect Poland to object to carefully negotiated package, diplomats say, but Warsaw’s veto Has now been revoked. “A deal has been reached,” one of the people said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier addressed world leaders via video link, urging them to ratify his countries almost need aid months of war.

“I very much request you to ensure that our fight for peace in Ukraine and in Europe as a whole does not depend on misunderstandings and disputes between certain EU member states state,” he said.

EU leaders are also preparing to push again to reach an agreement on the ninth set of Russia sanctions.

Any decision would require unanimity, with EU Russia hawks Poland and Lithuania warning that a proposed food security exception could actually favor fertilizers Industry of the Russian oligarchs.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said it was important to keep sanctions as tough as possible. “We’re a little concerned about attempts to weaken sanctions under the guise of food security,” he said.

Leaders are not expected to hold in-depth talks on the EU’s struggle to reach an agreement 200natural gas price cap, the diplomats said they tasked their ministers to do so when they met again on Monday.

‘Not to be sold’

Meanwhile, as part of energy saving measures, the EU Heating in buildings was reduced and some EU leaders were seen shaking.

Poorer EU countries want a coordinated response and warn wealthier members like Germany against support for national industrial groups in the event of a crisis.

“Today we see that many countries are trying to set their own plans. It looks a bit like a game of deep pockets,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander Dirk said. Luo said.



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