Zelensky blasts EU after member states refuse to fast-track Ukraine bid: ‘Do more’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

  • EU leaders met on Thursday, with many refusing to fast-track Ukraine’s bid to join the bloc.
  • In a video from Friday, Zelenskyy said the bloc needed to “do more” and his response was “not what we expected.”
  • Zelenskyy applied for Ukraine’s EU membership on February 28.
  • Joining the block usually takes years.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has blasted European Union member states after several of its leaders refused to fast-track his country’s bid to join the bloc.

EU leaders met in Versailles, France, on Thursday to discuss their response to the Russian invasion and the issue of Ukraine’s membership, and ultimately decided not to speed it up. Zelenskyy applied for Ukraine’s EU membership on February 28, days after the Russian invasion.

Joining the EU usually takes years and is normally a long and circumspect process, which involves ensuring freedom from corruption, respect for human rights and economic stability in the country.

“How do we assess the decision taken? Zelenskyy said in his Friday statement. “It’s very simple: he has to be stronger. It’s not what we expect.”

“The European Union must do more”, he declared. “He must do more for us, for Ukraine. And for himself.”

He called on EU leaders to listen to “the mood of their nations”, which he said was in favor of Ukraine’s membership.

Talks of a fast track to the bloc gained momentum on February 28 when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said “we want them in”. Later that day, Zelenskyy said he had submitted an official application. His speech to the European Parliament on March 1 was also greeted with a standing ovation.

Zelenskyy spoke cryptically about the Versailles meeting.

“We know what was said at that meeting. What all the leaders said. additional details.

The Guardian and Radio France Internationale reported that Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland were in favor of fast-tracking Ukraine’s bid, while France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands were not.

According to Reuters, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the meeting: “No one entered the European Union overnight.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also made remarks suggesting a much longer delay, saying according to Deutsche Welle: “I want to focus on what we can do for Volodymyr Zelenskyy tonight, tomorrow, and Ukraine’s membership. to the EU is something long term. – if not at all.”

According to The Guardian, French President Emmanuel Macron also said he did not want to “open an accession procedure with a country at war”, but added: “Should we close the door and say never, it would be unfair “.


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