European Leaders Meeting: Is it a unified front against Russia's assault?

In what many have called a unified front against Russia's assault on Ukraine, the leadership of 44 European nations from Iceland to Turkey convened on Thursday as depletion of natural resources and soaring inflation fuelled by the conflict wreck havoc on their economy. The 27 European Union members, aspirant allies in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, along with neighbors like Britain, the only member state to have left the European Union, and Turkey, are all present for the EPC's first meeting.

Along with its neighbor and ally in the conflict, Belarus, Russia is the only significant European state that was not invited.The aftermath of Russia's conflict with Ukraine, according to Latvia's Prime Minister KrisjanisKarins, affects everyone.

The event was taking place at Prague Castle in the Czech Republic when Iceland's Prime Minister, KatrinJakobsdottir, told reporters, "What you will witness today is that Europe unites in support against the Russian aggression in Ukraine."

She asked Alexander De Croo, her Belgian equivalent, to remark that "simply by looking at the turnout here, you can understand the importance.” Except for Belarus and Russia, the whole continent of Europe is represented. Thus, it demonstrates how far those two nations are apart.

"It has an impact on everyone in terms of security, as well as on our economy and the growing cost of energy. Therefore, cooperation among all of us, not just within the European Union, is the only way we can address this. Working together is essential for all of Europe,” he added. Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany and French President Emmanuel Macron support the conference. The conference is overshadowed by the conflict and takes place as pressure mounts to admit Ukraine to the European Union, despite claims that it should strive to increase security and prosperity throughout the continent.

The conference is anticipated to be dominated by disagreements about how to control gas prices in order to curb skyrocketing energy costs caused by the conflict. The group gathers for a plenary session, which is followed by a family portrait. Following that, participants will have a series of smaller roundtable conversations on security, energy, the environment, and the economy. Following that, participants are asked to summarize the conclusions at a working dinner. While some analysts question the meeting's use, others believe the most important activities will be the government-to-government conversations held on the sideline.

Denys Shmyhal, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, attended the summit, and VolodymyrZelensky, the President of Ukraine, was scheduled to attend the leaders by video connection.Critics assert that the new platform is an effort to halt European Union enlargement. Others worry that it may become just another talk shop that meets maybe a couple of times a year but has no real influence or substance. The Council of Europe, the top defender of human rights in Europe, seems bewildered by the gathering. The European Political Community, according to spokesman Daniel Holtgen, "is still to be defined." Such a pan-European society, he added, already exists in the areas of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Its name is the Council of Europe.