Live updates: Russia invades Ukraine πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Western sanctions on Russia are showing β€œeffects, which will only get more dramatic every day.” However, the chancellor stressed that cutting off energy supplies from Russia must be β€œmanageable” for European countries.

The Ukraine war β€œcould be a longer dispute and therefore we must cope together,” Scholz said, speaking at a press conference alongside European Parliament President Roberta Metsola.

Scholz said Germany’s stance on European Union-wide ban on Russian energy imports has not changed.

β€œThis also applies to many other [European] countries who are even more dependent on [Russian] coal, oil and gas, even more than Germany,” he added.

β€œWe decided to make us independent as quickly as possible from gas and oil imports from Russia,” the German leader said, adding that some β€œvery intensive construction work and contracts” are necessary to make Germany less dependent on Russian energy.

Metsola said, β€œEurope must become completely independent from [Russian energy].”

β€œWe must buy our energy from friends, not enemies, because at the end we are paying for this war every day,” she added.

β€œIt is time to take a lead. We are not only talking about the green agenda, considering it from the environmental perspective, a climate perspective, but we are also seeing it from a perspective of security,” Metsola continued.

Live updates: Russia invades Ukraine

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