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EU leaders discuss Ukraine candidacy, energy squeeze at Brussels meeting

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European Union leaders met in Brussels on Friday to discuss how the bloc could cope without Russian gas, a day after Ukraine was on its way to EU membership. Watch French President Emmanuel Macron’s press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen.

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

Click on the player above to watch the press conference live.

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