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Zelenskyy pushes again towards the EU candidate status for Ukraine

Granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union can significantly strengthen freedom in Europe and become an important successful decision on its historical path, Volodimyr Zelenskyy (President of Ukraine) stated today during a conversation with media representatives following a meeting with the Presidents of France, Emmanuel Macron, Romania,Klaus Iohannis,Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, and German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

All the mentioned representatives of the EU State members visited Ukraine today and discussed with President Zelenskyy several points, some of them related to the war itself, and some others with the future support to Ukraine once the war is over.

President Zelenskyy stressed that Ukraine is ready to carry out the necessary work to gain full membership in the European Union.

One of the key European decisions of the first third of the XXI century

“Russia wants to show that the European Union is allegedly incapable of being effective and that European values cannot protect freedom. We can and therefore must break this scenario jointly and prove to them that Europe will continue to be free, democratic and, I emphasize once again, this is important – united,” said the President of Ukraine.

According to him, the main manifestation of the common strong position of Europe can now be the support for Ukraine’s integration into the EU.
“The very course of European history has proved the correctness of the European Union’s positive response to Ukraine’s aspirations. The status of a candidate for membership in the European Union for Ukraine can historically strengthen freedom in Europe and become one of the key European decisions of the first third of the XXI century,” said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

All Europeans want Ukraine inside the EU, but Ukraine must meet the high standards needed

“Italy wants to see Ukraine as part of the European Union. This means it will unequivocally support Ukraine in its candidate status and in the future accession to the EU. This is a path that requires profound reforms,” said Mario Draghi.

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Left to right: German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz; President of France, Emmanuel Macron; President of Ukraine, Volodimyr Zelenskyy; Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi and President of Romania,Klaus Iohannis. Photo, Press Bureau of the President of Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed that the status of a candidate for EU membership is an important milestone on Ukraine’s European path, and assured that he would stand for the given decision at a meeting of the European Council.

Emmanuel Macron noted that Ukraine is part of the European family, and the leaders of the four countries support granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership.
He expressed hope that the decision to be taken at next week’s European Council session would be unanimous. According to him, this status is tied to the roadmap, so Ukraine’s European path is just beginning.

EU Commision’s vote on the matter is expected to be unveiled tomorrow. Meanwhile Vera Jourova (Vice President of the EU Commission) said yesterday that Ukrainians have earned the candidate status for their country with their blood.

Addressing the global food crisis with alternative routes for Ukrainian cereals

“We also paid attention to the ways to stop the global food crisis. Ukraine is doing everything possible to unblock our seaports, but this blockade must be lifted by the one who started it, namely the Russian Federation, and more specifically the Russian fleet. We are also grateful to Romania for its assistance in the transit of Ukrainian goods, including grain, through the Danube River. We discussed in detail with the present leaders how to increase these capabilities,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
“I am confident that this visit of our friends to Kyiv will go down in the history of our country and Europe,” he added.

The President of Romania also stated that one of the elements of blackmail by Russia is the blockade of the export of Ukrainian grain. He stressed that the Black Sea port of Constanța and the port of the Danube River are being used for the transit of Ukrainian grain.

In addition, the issues of opening a new crossing point on the Ukrainian-Romanian border and the use of other logistics routes for the transportation of grain from Ukraine are being considered.

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President of Romania,Klaus Iohannis; Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi and President of Ukraine, Volodimyr Zelenskyy talk at the arrival of the heads of EU states at Kiyv on 16th June 2022. Photo Press Bureau of the President of Ukraine

The President of Romania also stated that one of the elements of blackmail by Russia is the blockade of the export of Ukrainian grain. He stressed that the Black Sea port of Constanța and the port of the Danube River are being used for the transit of Ukrainian grain.

The issues of opening a new crossing point on the Ukrainian-Romanian border and the use of other logistics routes for the transportation of grain from Ukraine are being considered.

Work will be continued to ensure the transportation of Ukrainian grain and avoid the food crisis, Draghi said: “Unfortunately, Russia doesn’t facilitate the resolution. We need to deal with this problem with the courage shown by President Zelenskyy. We must all act together.”

“Work will be continued to ensure the transportation of Ukrainian grain and avoid the food crisis, Draghi stressed: “Unfortunately, Russia doesn’t facilitate the resolution. We need to deal with this problem with the courage shown by President Zelenskyy. We must all act together.”

More support for Ukraine and 7th package of EU sanctions against Russia, perhaps, on course

“…representatives of the international community are making many diplomatic efforts to restore peace in Ukraine, and everyone sees that “the only obstacle to all these efforts is Russia’s unwillingness to real negotiations and real action to restore peace.” The President of Ukraine noted that Russian troops continue a brutal offensive in Donbas, strengthen their group in the Kharkiv region, and reinforce bridgeheads in the south of Ukraine.

“The aggressor state must realize that there is no alternative to peace and must start looking for peace. Meanwhile, we all see – and heard today, when the air raid siren sounded – that Russia is only looking for new ways to intimidate Europe and seize more of our land,” the President said.

Therefore, according to the President, during the meeting in Kyiv the heads of state spoke about the new sanctions steps of the European Union needed to restore peace. “The seventh sanctions package must be agreed upon,” he said.

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German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz; President of France, Emmanuel Macron; President of Ukraine, Volodimyr Zelenskyy; Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi and President of Romania,Klaus Iohannis. Photo, Press Bureau of the President of Ukraine.

All the EU leaders present at the meeting in Kiyv reiterated their unity of the EU and the Ukrainian people, promised new weapons (also offensive), more economical support and humanitarian aid, both to cope with the conflict and for the recovery after the war, help to investigate and prosecute Russian war crimes and more important, that any peace agreement with Russia must meet Ukraine’s termsand interests as a free,democratic and independent country.

Image over the headline.- Volodimyr Zelenskyy (President of Ukraine) on 16th June 2022. Photo, Press Bureau of the President of Ukraine.

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