Can Ukraine advance into the EU now that it is at war with Russia or not? Prime Minister Mark Rutte was recently silent on this when he spoke to the Verkhovna Rada.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Rota should speak more clearly. On Thursday, he called the prime minister. “I told him very frankly: If you think there is no place for us in the EU, you should say it clearly. You are really helping us and I am very grateful for that. But you have been silent about the EU. All the things we just wanted to hear.”
EU membership is a signal that makes us stronger.
Zelensky himself believes that his country is ready for a candidate for EU membership, he says in an exclusive interview with him news hour in Kyiv† He says we must and want to implement the necessary reforms. “Yes, there are problems. You have problems in many countries, including many in the European Union.”
Zelensky describes future membership as “a signal that will make us stronger in the battle we are waging against Russia at home.” So he does not understand why some European politicians say “there is no place for us yet”. “What are they building on?”
One of the reasons a number of EU countries, including the Netherlands, are against accelerating membership is the persistent corruption problem in Ukraine. at Ranking of least corrupt countries Ukraine ranks 122.
Zelensky has his skepticism about these types of reports. “The Russian Federation claims that we are Nazis and they base that on those official reports.”
Zelensky responds angrily to questions about corruption:
Are you saying there is corruption in Ukraine, Mariel?
The Ukrainian president also noted that 62 percent of the Dutch population is in reconnaissance Eurobarometer supports Ukrainian EU membership. This percentage is slightly higher among the entire EU population.
Zelensky believes that politicians should therefore support membership. Politicians are elected by the people. By the way, the statement was in the poll: Ukraine should join the European Union if the country is ready.
Zelensky is convinced that his country will soon be ready for permanent membership in the European Union. He rejects objections that the fight against corruption and other reforms will take years or even decades. “I heard from many countries inside and outside the European Union that Putin would occupy Ukraine in three days. I was told in many phone calls that I would die in three days.”
“I have often heard: leave Kyiv with your family now. You are a strong man, but your place is not in Ukraine. I heard all sorts of things, but I believe in facts. The truth is that we are here in Kyiv.”
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