EU leaders to assess Putin’s position in talks with NATO and Ukraine chiefs at summit

European Council President Charles Michel, center left, greets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, June 29, 2023. European leaders meet for a two-day summit to discuss Ukraine, migration and the economy. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took center stage at Thursday’s European Union summit, underscoring the importance the 27 EU leaders attach to protecting their eastern flank from Russian aggression and beefing up Ukraine’s defense capabilities.