Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged Europeans to join his country to the European Union, arguing that it is time to turn words into action. The Ukrainian president is due to meet with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron this week.
In the aftermath of US support for Ukraine during a telephone conversation between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and US sanctions targeting Russia, the Ukrainian president expressed his wish to join the European Union.
“We cannot stay indefinitely in the EU and NATO waiting room,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with French daily Le Figaro.
The head of state, who is to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel by videoconference, should make this proposal to the two big heavyweights of the 27 whose agreement in principle should help the country in its candidacy.
“The time has come to move up a gear, to invite us to join the EU and NATO,” added the former actor who has become head of state. “If the EU and if Emmanuel Macron truly consider us a member of the European family, they must act accordingly. It’s time to stop talking and make decisions, ”he said.
This statement by the Ukrainian president comes as Europe weighs with all its weight in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and at a time when Russia’s actions make it fail to join a European bloc even if its membership could prove to be very interesting for the EU.
“If we belong to the same family, we have to live together. We cannot go out together forever, like eternal fiancés, we must legalize our relations, have children, that is to say, from an allegorical point of view, consider a common future ”, added. the Ukrainian president who considers himself in a state of aggression by Russia.
The situation between Moscow and Kiev has seen new tensions in recent weeks, after an escalation with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass and thousands of Russian soldiers sent to the borders with Ukraine, raising fears of a new war followed by an annexation as in 2014 with the Crimea.