Ukraine’s membership application to be discussed in coming days, says EU Council chief

7 March, 05:39 PM
European Union flags (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

European Union flags (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Ukraine’s application for EU membership will be discussed in the coming days, European Council President Charles Michel tweeted on March 7.

On Monday, March 7, he talked by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“The EU stands firmly by Ukraine’s side in efforts to alleviate humanitarian suffering inflicted by Russia’s aggression and ensure nuclear safety,” Michel tweeted.

“The EU’s solidarity, friendship and unprecedented assistance for Ukraine are unwavering. We will discuss Ukraine’s membership application in coming days.”

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Zelensky in turn tweeted that they “discussed the threat to nuclear facilities, shelling of civilian and critical infrastructure.”

“We have to stop this. Raised the issue of Ukraine’s membership in the EU. The people of Ukraine deserve this,” the Ukrainian president wrote on March 7.

On Feb. 28, Zelensky said that Ukraine is appealing to the EU for immediate accession under a new special procedure. He signed the relevant application on Feb. 28.

Earlier, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, confirmed that she supports Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. The Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, also said that after the start of the military invasion by Russia, Ukraine deserves “a special track for integration into the European Union.” Poland has supported the “fast-tracking” of Ukraine’s accession to the bloc as well.

On March 1, the European Parliament backed the European aspirations of Ukraine, passing a resolution that calls on EU institutions to work towards granting the country EU candidate status.

Following Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova submitted an application for EU membership.

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