Ukraine President Zelenskyy Makes Huge Request To The European Union
Ukraine, which is currently fighting tooth and nail against Russia in a horrific invasion, has made a major move to try and create a strong association with the West by signing an application to join the European Union, as the first round of talks between the two countries, aimed at stopping the war, have come to an end with out an immediate agreement being reached.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, shared photos of himself as he signed the EU application, which is being touted as largely a symbolic move that could potentially take many years to become a reality. There’s little doubt this move is going to upset Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has accused the West of attempting to bring Ukraine into its circle for a very long time.
Officials from both Russia and Ukraine held their first meeting on the fifth day of the war, under nuclear threats put forward by Putin, and as the invasion of Ukraine has come face-to-face with a resistance willing to fight with everything they have in order to preserve their liberty.
Early Monday night, a top adviser to Ukraine’s president said that the first round of talks with Russia had ended and that both delegations had returned home for consultations in their capitals.
Mykhailo Podolyak gave few details except to say that the talks, held near the Ukraine-Belarus border, were focused on a possible cease-fire and that a second round could take place “in the near future.”
At this stage, Ukraine is many years away from reaching the standards for achieving EU membership, and the 27-nation bloc is expansion-weary and unlikely to take on new members any time soon.
Also, any addition to the EU must be approved unanimously, and some member states have complicated approval procedures.
Overall, the consensus has been that Ukraine’s deep-seated corruption could make it hard for the country to win EU acceptance. Still, in an interview with Euronews on Sunday, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said, “We want them in the European Union.”