Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a formal request to join the European Union, the country’s Prime Minister informed. The president posted photos of himself signing the EU application, which could trigger Russia even more.
Russian and Ukrainian officials held their meeting on the fifth day of the war under Putin’s nuclear threat. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ran into unexpectedly fierce resistance.
Monday night, a top advisor to Ukraine’s president informed that Russia’s first round of talks concluded. Both delegations had returned to their capitals.
The presidents of eight eastern and central European member states of the, in an open letter Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Paris on Monday, to discuss the issue.
Ukraine already has signed an association agreement with the 27-nation bloc. Still, it has expressed its desire to become a full member, which is vehemently opposed by Russia. So far, the discussion has not taken place to antagonize Russia. On the contrary, the invasion of Russia changed the current situation of the globe.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa expressed his “full support” for a faster EU membership procedure for Ukraine. At the same time, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala remarked that it was essential to clearly signal that Ukraine was welcome.
Ukraine is also applying to become a NATO member, but it has not formally announced it. However, Ukraine’s current situation will not result in NATO membership anytime soon. Since this status is offered to non-member nations that significantly contributed to Nato-led operations and missions, such as; Sweden and Australia.
Why does Russia Oppose Ukraine’s Idea to Join NATO?
Russia vehemently opposes NATO’s expansion to include Ukraine and has demanded a formal veto on it ever becoming its member.
Putin says that he sees the country’s aspirations to join the group as a threat to Russia’s borders and its sphere of influence.
In an angry television address, Putin said, “Ukraine is an inalienable part of our own history, culture, and spiritual space. These are our comrades, those dear to us – not only colleagues, friends, and people who once served together, but also relatives, people bound by blood, by family ties.”