“We have to guarantee essential goods, to ensure the functioning of the economy, to support companies, starting with those in the crucial sectors, to take care of people, in particular the poorest and needy. All this with firmness in values ​​and principles, clarity in decisions, but serenity in posture", he defended.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was speaking to the media at the Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais, in the district of Lisbon, after a meeting of the Council of State whose only item on the agenda was the situation in Ukraine.


"What has already happened has had, and will have enormous costs in the lives of all of us, particularly in Europe. There is no denying it or pretending that these costs will not fall in one way or another in our lives. And we must face them with the same courage and determination shown in the last two years, in a spirit of unity, cohesion, solidarity and effectiveness", he said.

The head of state considered that Portugal has done what it should have done since the beginning of this war, and added: "We are not under any illusions about the very difficult times that are here or that are coming, as happened with the pandemic".