European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today offered Ukraine an accelerated start to his country’s bid to become a member of the EU.
During a visit to Kyiv, Von der Leyen handed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a questionnaire which will form a starting point for the EU to decide on Ukraine’s membership.
“We have heard your request, loud and clear. And today, we are here to give you a first, positive answer. In this envelope, dear Volodymyr, there is an important step towards EU membership. This questionnaire is the basis for our discussion in the coming months. This is where your path towards the European Union begins.”
“We will be at your disposal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to work on this common basis,” she added. “Ukraine is a friend, we know this very well. Ukraine shares our values. And due to our association agreement, Ukraine is already closely aligned with our Union. So we will accelerate this process as much as we can, while ensuring that all conditions are respected.”
“Today, more than ever, Europe is here. Europe is with you,” President von der Leyen said. Crippled by sanctions, “Russia will decend in economic, financial and technological decay, while Ukraine is marching towards a European future.”
The Commission President said Europe was standing by Ukraine, and spelled out Europe’s support, including:
Speaking after a visit to Bucha earlier in the day, and on the day when a Russian missile struck a train station used for evacuations of civilians, President von der Leyen said: “This war is a challenge for the entire international community. And this is a decisive moment. Will heinous devastation win or humanity prevail? Will the right of might dominate or is it the rule of law? Will there be constant conflict and struggle or a future of common prosperity?”
“Your fight is our fight,” she said. “I am here with you in Kyiv today to tell you that Europe is on your side.”
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