Ukraine’s President Applies For Country To Join European Union.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky filed to join the European Union on Monday, in what has been dubbed a “historic event.”
The leader has been advocating for a ‘fast-track’ entrance into the EU to aid his country’s struggle against Russian forces by fortifying connections with the West.
He is seen signing an official application at a desk with inside barriers behind him in a photo shared on social media.
A Tweet from the official account of the president’s office said: ‘President @ZelenskyyUa has signed application for the membership of #Ukraine in the European Union. This is a historic moment.’
Mr Zelensky revealed earlier on Monday that he had asked the EU for ‘immediate accession via a new special procedure’.
‘Our goal is to be together with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be on an equal footing,’ he said on his Telegram channel, as fighting across the country intensified.
‘I’m sure it’s fair. I’m sure it’s possible.’He confirmed he had spoken to EU chiefs about the prospect of joining, tweeting last night: ‘Had a phone conversation with @vonderleyen.
‘Talked about concrete decisions on strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities, macro-financial assistance and Ukraine’s membership in the EU.’
It followed European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s declaration on Sunday that the EU wants Ukraine to join.
‘They are one of us and we want them in,’ she said.
She provided no hint that it would be the speedy entry desired by the country’s lawmakers.It’s unclear how a special system would work in practice, or whether European leaders would agree to a fast-track method.
Established member nations, which don’t necessarily agree with the Commission’s views, make the choice to admit new countries to the EU.
President of the European Council, Charles Michel, stated on Monday that member countries had “differences of view” on the subject.
Ukraine is a close EU ally that shares borders with a number of EU members, notably Poland and Slovakia.
It inked an Association Agreement with the bloc in 2017, agreeing to align their economies in areas like workers’ rights and strengthen political connections.
Ukraine is also a member of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership and European Neighborhood Policy programs.
After being attacked by Russian soldiers five days ago, Brussels has stepped up its support for the country.
The EU has sent weaponry to Ukraine, prohibited Russian-backed media from operating in member nations, and barred Russian jets from flying across its airspace.
Along with the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, it has issued a slew of measures targeted at damaging Russia’s economy.