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EU reveals bloc’s ‘moral duty’ to Ukraine – Reuters

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says it is the bloc’s ‘duty’ to admit Kyiv

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it was the role of the EU “moral duty” accept Ukraine as one of its member states.

“I think it’s not only in our strategic interest, but it’s our moral duty to make it possible for them to join our European Union, and for us to pave the way towards our union,” von der Leyen told the audience at the 2022 GLOBSEC Forum in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Thursday.

“It should be our motto, supporting Ukraine on the way to the European Union: it’s not a burden, it’s our historical responsibility”, she added.

Von der Leyen stressed, however, that kyiv must always meet the standards and conditions of an EU member because “there is no joker or shortcut” in the membership process.

The remarks came several days after Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said that all “EU major states” with the exception of his country, objected to Ukraine being an official candidate for membership of the bloc.

EU reveals bloc’s ‘moral duty’ to Ukraine – Reuters

Ukraine formally applied to join the 27-nation bloc on February 28, four days after Russia launched a military campaign against the neighboring state.

President Volodymyr Zelensky argued that his country “won” a place among EU members and should be admitted under an accelerated procedure.

Last month, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the “Strategic Ambiguity” from certain EU states had “only emboldened” Moscow.

The European Council said on Saturday it would discuss Ukraine’s candidacy further this month. Ukraine’s membership must be approved by all Member States.

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