Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for his country’s EU membership before meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) Nato pronounced. “Ukraine is already part of the European family. Ukraine wants European integration, which represents the greatest desire of our people “, Zelensky told the German newspaper ” Bild “. “However, we recognize that we must deliver convincing results in order to join the EU’s common economic, legal, customs and digital space.”
Zelensky arrives in Berlin on Tuesday for his first visit with Merkel and to meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The focus is on the efforts to bring movement into the deadlocked peace process for eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists have been fighting since five years. Germany and France are mediators in the conflict.
Commenting on the NATO expansion, Zelensky told the newspaper that it had proven to be an effective tool to ensure security in the region. Ukraine has officially announced its intention to join NATO as well. “First of all, I want to implement the NATO standards in the Ukrainian armed forces and in our security sector. Ukraine is already a reliable partner of NATO, and in the future we can become a reliable member of the alliance. “
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