President Zelensky is calling for both a ceasefire and for Ukraine’s “immediate” accession into the European Union as his government holds peace talks with a Kremlin delegation in Belarus.
While the former Soviet Socialist Republic would not qualify for EU membership under normal circumstances, President Zelensky has said he is “confident” that his country could be admitted to the bloc “under a new special procedure”.
“We appeal to the European Union for Ukraine’s immediate accession under a new special procedure,” Zelensky said at a press conference on Monday.
Zelensky said he was grateful to Ukraine’s “partners” in the European Union for their support so far after an unprecedented plan to finance €500 million in arms shipments, but said that his country’s goal is to “stand alongside all Europeans and, most importantly to stand on their level” as EU citizens.
“I am confident that this is fair. I am confident that we deserve this. I am confident that all this is possible,” he added.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, told Euronews: “They belong to us. They are one of us and we want them in” — but preceded this with the caveat that this should happen “overtime”.