Zelensky Says Ukraine Should Start EU Entry Talks “This Year”

Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukrainian and EU officers had a “mutual” understanding.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated Thursday his war-torn nation deserved to begin EU accession talks “this year”.

“I believe that Ukraine deserves to start negotiations on EU membership this year,” Zelensky stated Thursday after talks with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen.

He stated additional integration with the European bloc would encourage Ukrainians and provides them “motivation” to battle in opposition to Russian troops.

On Friday, Kyiv hosts a high-profile EU-Ukraine summit.

In June final 12 months EU leaders granted candidate standing to Ukraine, simply months after Russian President Vladimir Putin despatched troops to the pro-Western nation. But the trail to full membership stays lengthy regardless of Kyiv’s bullishness, and will take years.

French President Emmanuel Macron warned final May it may take “decades” earlier than Ukraine meets the standards and achieves full membership.

Zelensky stated that Ukrainian and EU officers had a “mutual” understanding.

“Only together a strong Ukraine and a strong European Union can protect the life we value,” Zelensky added.

“And that our further integration must give energy and motivation to our people to fight against any obstacles and threats.”

The Ukrainian chief additionally stated that world stress on Russia should be elevated.

“The enemy is at a specific stage when Russia’s strategic defeat is already clear,” he stated. “But tactically, they still have the resources to attempt offensive actions.”

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