L’Ukraine dénonce « un traitement de seconde zone » concernant sa candidature d’adhésion à l’Union européenne

L’Ukraine dénonce « un traitement de seconde zone » concernant sa candidature d’adhésion à l’Union européenne

For weapons, yes. For a quick membership, it’s no. Berlin and Paris have made this known to Ukraine. Which irritates Dmytro Kuleba. The head of Ukrainian diplomacy denounced, Thursday, May 19, the treatment of Ukraine’s application for membership of the European Union.

“The strategic ambiguity about Ukraine’s European perspective practiced by some EU capitals in recent years has failed and must end”he said on Twitter, referring to a “second zone treatment” who “hurts the Ukrainians”.

The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, had stated a few minutes earlier that he was not in favor of granting Ukraine a ” shortcut “ with a view to joining the EU. “The fact that there are no shortcuts to EU membership [de l’Ukraine] is an imperative of fairness towards the six countries of the Western Balkans”who have long wanted to join the European bloc, Scholz said during a speech to Bundestag MPs.

French President, “Emmanuel Macron is right to point out that the accession process is not a matter of a few months or a few years”he added. “That is why we currently want to focus on rapid and pragmatic support for Ukraine” subject to the Russian offensive, he repeated before the EU-Western Balkans summit on Monday in Brussels.

Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have recently applied for candidate status, while six of the thirteen Balkan countries – Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia – aspire to join the EU but the process of enlargement has been blocked for years.

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Ukraine, “heart member”

In his speech on the occasion of Europe Day, May 9, Mr Macron said that Ukraine, invaded by Russia, was already “heart member of our union”. But the EU accession process, to which Kyiv aspires, “would take several years, indeed several decades”he had estimated, while proposing, in parallel, the creation of a “new European organization”.

A point of view which had surprised kyiv, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, recalling during an exchange with French students on May 18 that“we cannot be kept at a distance”. “It’s like a table where the whole family is gathered, and we invited you, but we didn’t put you in a chair. I think it’s unfair”he had launched. “It is very important for us to reserve this place [dans l’UE] to Ukraine »added the next day Mr. Kuleba.

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The World with AFP

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