17:30 21.11.2023

Failure of EU to make decision to begin negotiations on Ukraine's accession could lead to refusal of decisions to assist country – Zelenskyy

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Failure of EU to make decision to begin negotiations on Ukraine's accession could lead to refusal of decisions to assist country – Zelenskyy

Ukraine must implement seven recommendations necessary to begin negotiations on accession to the EU, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at a briefing on Tuesday in Kyiv after negotiations with European Union President Charles Michel and President of Moldova Maia Sandu.

"I believe that even those reforms that are not a task today, but the progress of which the European Union really pays attention to as a solution for next year, I believe that we will be able to do a lot this year. But once again I want to believe that we are fulfilling all recommendations," he said.

Today, Zelenskyy said that "we are ready and would really like to ensure that we do not give unnecessary victories to the Russian Federation."

"Because if there is no unity, and the unity of Europe is very important around such a decision, then after such decisions other decisions may break down – on assistance to Ukraine, on sanctions pressure, on financial assistance not only for Ukraine, but as a challenge for the preservation of unity of the European Union," he said.

In turn, Michel said that the EU leadership will do everything to convince the 27 EU members that they need an approval of the decision in December.

This is a message for the European Union that we care about our stability, our security, we will be safer, we will prosper and we will do this with countries that have the same principles and vision for our world, he said.

Second, this is a message to the people of Ukraine and the people of Moldova that we are serious. And third, this is also a message to the Kremlin, a message to all those who want to blow up all these foundations, to all who do not like human dignity, who do not like democratic principles, Michel said.

"We believe that the European Union does not want to give Putin the right of veto in the European Union," Sandu said.

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