Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna said on Wednesday she was “100%” confident that all EU countries would approve Ukraine’s membership bid. accession on Thursday, the first day of the European Union leaders’ summit in Belgium.
The executive branch of the EU backed Ukraine’s candidacy last week. Stefanishyna described the European Commission’s approval as “a game-changer” that had made the pitch disappear under “the legs of the most hesitant”.
Stefanishyna told The Associated Press that she believes Ukraine could become an EU member within a few years, not the decades predicted by some European officials. “We are already very integrated in the European Union,” she said, adding: “We want to be a strong and competitive member state, so it can take two to 10 years.”
Ukraine has already implemented around 70% of EU rules, norms and standards, EU officials said. They warned that the country needed political and economic reforms, pointing the finger at corruption.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said EU membership would be a “crucial moment” for Ukraine.
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►The conflict in Ukraine has “sounded the alarm for humanity”, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday. China refused to condemn the Russian invasion while criticizing the sanctions imposed on Moscow.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says not to minimize Russia
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told The Associated Press the West should not underestimate Russia’s military capabilities in Ukraine, saying Moscow was there for the long haul as the war enters its fifth month .
Kallas said in an interview on Wednesday that Europe should ensure that those who commit war crimes and attempted genocide are prosecuted, noting that Russian President Vladimir Putin escaped sanctions for annexing the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and supported an insurgency in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine that killed more than 14,000 people. even before the start of the war this year.
“I heard that, you know, there’s no longer a threat because they’ve worn themselves out. No, they didn’t,” she said of the Russian army, which failed to take Kyiv at the start of the war and is now concentrating its firepower in the east. .
Contributor: The Associated Press