Volodimir Zelensky hopes to start negotiations for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union this year


Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenskyexpressed this Saturday the hope that the accession negotiations to the European Union (EU) they can start this yearas he stated after meeting with the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsolain Lviv.

“Ukraine aspires to complete the implementation of the recommendations of the European Commission as soon as possible and start accession negotiations now to the EU this year”, he wrote after the meeting on his Telegram channel.

In addition, he thanked Metsola for his “leadership” in support of Ukraine and the “important decisions” adopted by the European Parliament, in particular the resolution supporting the decision to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for accession.

For her part, the President of the European Parliament sent a message of perseverance from her Twitter account.

“Over the last year I have learned a lot about Ukraine. But perhaps the most important lesson is the one that formulated [el poeta ucraniano] Taras Sevchenko: ‘Keep fighting and you’re sure to win‘. This is as true when it comes to the search for peace and freedom as it is in life,” she wrote.

Before meeting with the Ukrainian president, the conservative politician laid flowers “on behalf of the Europeans” in a cemetery to honor the victims of the war. “we will remind themhe promised.

Zelensky traveled yesterday to Lviv, in western Ukraine, to participate in an international conference on existing mechanisms to prosecute the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Roberta Metsola with Zelensky (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)
Roberta Metsola with Zelensky (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS) (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER/)

Metsola traveled to the western Ukrainian city after visiting Kiev on Friday, where he met with the spokesman for the Ukrainian Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, and promised that cooperation between the European Parliament and the Ukrainian Parliament “will continue to strengthen.”

In another order, Zelensky met last Friday with the United States Attorney General Merrick Garland and with senior European judicial officials, to whom he asked that Russia be prosecuted internationally for war crimes.

The meetings took place in the western Ukrainian city of Lvivhundreds of kilometers from the war front.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that the International Criminal Court succeed in punishing Russian war criminals,” Zelensky declared.

“The main theme of all these meetings and of the meeting in Lviv it is accountability,” he added. “The accountability of Russia and its leaders is personal, for the aggression and terror against our State and our people”.

Zelensky indicated that so far there have been more than 70,000 Russian war crimes.

“But unfortunately, at the moment we don’t know all the crimes,” he said. “A large part of our territory is still under occupationand currently we cannot reliably predict how many Russian crimes we would uncover after the expulsion of the invaders.”

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