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EU membership: “We are together now”, says Zelensky | War in Ukraine

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Now we are no longer close. now we are togetherlaunched Mr. Zelensky before the Ukrainian parliament, hailing the beginning of a new chapter in the history of his country’s relations with the European Union.

This is a great honor and a great responsibility to work at achieve aspirations of the country, he said, adding Ukraine is fighting to choose its values, to be in the European family.

After her speech, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addressed Ukrainian leaders and parliamentarians by video. She underlined that Ukraine’s accession was within their reach, while calling on them to speed up reforms against corruption, and gave several specific advice on justice and the necessary reduction of the influence of the oligarchs.

A flag of the European Union has been installed at the seat of parliament, alongside the yellow and blue flag of Ukraine.

Mr. Zelensky, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal and Speaker of Parliament Ruslan Stefantchouk signed a joint pledge symbolizing the unity of the three branches of power in their efforts to join the European Union.

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Ukraine officially applied for membership of the European Union five days after the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. The 27 members of the Union accepted his candidacy on June 23.

But the process is likely to take several years, as the examples of Turkey and Balkan countries show, due in particular to strict criteria concerning the rule of law and the economy of the candidate countries.

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