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EU reveals bloc’s ‘moral duty’ towards Ukraine — Analysis

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it was the bloc’s “duty” to admit Kiev

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said it is the EU’s “moral duty”To accept Ukraine as a member state. 

“I think that it is not only in our strategic interest, but it is our moral duty to make it possible that they join our European Union, and that we pave the path towards our union,”Auf der GLOBSEC 2022 Forum Bratislava in Slovakia, von der Leyen remarked to the audience. 

“This should be our motto, supporting Ukraine on its path towards the European Union: It is not a burden, it is our historic responsibility,”She added. 

Von der Leyen however stressed the fact that Kiev has to still adhere to EU standards and conditions. “there is neither a wild card, nor a shortcut”During the accession Process 

These comments came several days following the statement by Mario Draghi (Italien Prime Minister) that all “major EU states,”Except for his country, he opposed making Ukraine an official candidate to the bloc.  

Four days after Russia’s military attack on Ukraine, Ukraine applied for membership to the bloc of 27 nations.  

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Russia, has claimed that the country he represents is not a democracy. “has earned”You can apply for a spot among EU member countries and you should do so under fast track procedures. 

Dmitry Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, stated last month that “strategic ambiguity”Having come from certain EU countries “only emboldened” Moscow.

The European Council said on Saturday that it would further discuss Ukraine’s bid this month. Ukraine’s accession must be approved by all member states.

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