Any alternative to Ukraine’s accession to the European Union would in fact be a “compromise” between the EU and Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday, in response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative to create a “European political community”.
“We do not need alternatives to Ukraine’s EU candidacy, we do not need such compromises,” Zelenski said in Kyiv during a joint news conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Agerpres reported.
“Because, believe me, it would not be about compromises with Ukraine in Europe, but about another compromise between Europe and Russia. I’m absolutely sure. It is about the influence and the political and diplomatic pressure of the Russian officials and lobbyists on the decision of a European country to support or not Ukraine “, considers the Ukrainian president, according to hotnews.ro.
Ukraine’s accession to the EU would upset all other agreements that could be made by the EU with Russia
Macron and his proposal to create a new “European Community” parallel to the EU, to which Ukraine can quickly join
President Emmanuel Macron said in his May Day speech on the occasion of Europe Day that Ukraine, a country attacked by Russia, was already a “member of the heart of our Union”, but pointed out that the EU accession process “takes several years. in reality for several decades ”.
Therefore, the French President proposed that in parallel with this accession process, a “new European organization” be created, which would include the candidate countries for EU membership, namely Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, as well as other states that share democratic values, such as Britain.
“You can’t keep us at a distance,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky replied.
Macron’s proposal will be debated at the European summit on June 23-24, but has already been criticized by some European leaders, including Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, who sees the initiative as a lack of will for a quick integration of Ukraine into the EU. .
Macron’s initiative was also disapproved of by Britain.
Maia Sandu, on the other hand, welcomed Macron’s initiative
Instead, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, who paid an official visit to France on Thursday, welcomed there the initiative of her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to create a European political community, which in her opinion would allow the Republic of Moldova to “accelerate “EU accession, while ensuring that Chisinau will not seek any” shortcuts “in this accession process.
On the same day, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was not in favor of a “shortcut” in Ukraine’s accession to the European Union, which he noted was “not a matter of months or years”.
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