Duda called the Ukrainian citizens who arrived guests, not refugees. The President of Poland warned against the cession of “even a centimeter” of the territory of Ukraine to Russia =”The President of Poland promised to “not calm down” until Ukraine joins the EU” />
Warsaw is ready to do everything possible to ensure that Ukraine becomes a member of the European Union, Polish President Andrzej Duda said during speeches in the Verkhovna Rada, Polske Radio reports. He became the first European leader to speak in the Ukrainian parliament after the start of the special operation.
“I will not rest until Ukraine becomes a member of the European Union”,— he said (quoted by Reuters).
The Polish president added that only Ukraine has the right to determine its own future, pointing to “alarming voices” that have emerged calling on Kyiv to bow to Moscow's demands. “If Ukraine is sacrificed <…> economy or political ambitions— even a centimeter of its territory— this will be a huge blow not only for the Ukrainian people, but for the entire Western world,” — sure he is.
Noting the friendly relations between Warsaw and Kyiv, Duda proposed signing a new Ukrainian-Polish agreement on good neighborliness. He also assured that Ukrainian citizens who arrived in Poland due to Russia's actions are not refugees for the country. He stressed: “These are our guests,” according to Wirtualna Polska.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during his speech thanked the Polish Sejm for adopting a law on assistance to Ukrainian citizens, calling this decision unprecedented, since it provides them with the same rights as Polish citizens, the Verkhovna Rada's Telegram channel says.
"This is a big step and a gesture of a great soul, which only a great friend of Ukraine is capable of. And this step will not remain one-sided, — he said (quote from Ukrayinska Pravda).
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A similar, mirror bill will soon be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, the country's president also promised. “God forbid that Polish citizens never need all these advantages in their lives in such conditions, in conditions.” hostilities, Zelensky stressed, noting that the law will have a symbolic meaning, proving the closeness of the two peoples.
Zelensky signed the application for Ukraine's accession to the European Union at the end of February, later he handed over the completed questionnaire to the head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine, Matti Maasikas, for Ukraine to obtain the status of a candidate for membership.
In Kyiv, they expect that the status of a candidate will be granted to Ukraine in June this year. We usually negotiate with different capitals and say that this accelerated procedure, according to which we go through all the processes, became possible through the changes and transformations that we have carried out over the past eight years, this was our way to Europe itself. ,— said Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishina.
The European Commission spoke about the readiness to take “non-standard steps”; to speed up this process. At the same time, the head of the Dutch government, Mark Rutte, noted that “there is no accelerated process” on the issue of accession to Ukraine. His Croatian counterpart Andrei Plenkovic, in turn, stressed that no country entered the EU “overnight.” French President Emmanuel Macron stressed that Ukraine is “the heart of our union”, but its accession could drag on for years or decades.
The Kremlin noted in early March that Ukraine's aspirations to enter the European Union “lies on a different plane” than its desire to become a member of NATO, since the EU— not a military alliance. However, two months later, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the European Union “has turned into an aggressive, militant player.”
Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky then said that Moscow's position on this issue has now become similar to attitude towards Ukraine's desire to join NATO. “The situation changed after Monsieur Borrell declared that “this war must be won on the battlefield.” And after the fact that the EU is the leader in the supply of arms,— the diplomat said.
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