‘Different opinions’ on Ukraine membership: EU president — RT World News

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, which brings together the governments of the EU’s 27 member states, said on Tuesday the bloc was divided on whether to make Ukraine its newest member.

Kyiv demanded to drop the usual bureaucracy and integrate Ukraine into the EU through an accelerated procedure. The call came days after Russia attacked the country.

“Membership is a long-standing demand of Ukraine”, Charles Michel
noted. “But there are different opinions and sensitivities within the EU on enlargement.”

Michel promised that the board will “the appropriate choice in a determined and lucid way.”

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In the meantime, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be invited to participate “regularly” in the summits of European leaders, said Michel.

EU nation states must show unanimous support for a new country joining the bloc, which has not accepted new members since 2013, when Croatia joined.

It usually takes years of reform for a country to be accepted into the EU, but Zelensky said last week that Kyiv “deserved” join the block “immediately.” Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal revealed that Ukraine formally applied for membership on Monday.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed support for Ukraine’s bid. “They are one of us and we want them to be there,” she says.

Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine last week, arguing it was defending the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, which broke away from Ukraine shortly after the 2014 coup in Kiev. Ukraine said the attack was unprovoked and called on the world for help.

Many countries, including the EU, UK and US, have imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia, hitting its banks, commerce and biggest airline, among others.
The Russians and Ukrainians held the first round of peace talks in Belarus on Monday, without tangible results.

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