EU Chief Visits Ukraine: European Union (EU) chief Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Ukraine on Saturday. She will hold discussions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to get candidacy status to join the EU. While Kyiv has been pushing for faster access to the European Union, officials and bloc leaders have cautioned that the road to membership is long, which could take years or even decades.
Ukraine sees the possibility of joining the European Union as a way to reduce its geopolitical vulnerability, which has been exposed by Russia’s attack.
EU chief tweeted on arrival in Kyiv
Von der Leyen tweeted on arrival in Kyiv, ‘With President Zelensky I will take stock of the joint work needed for reconstruction and the progress made by Ukraine on the European Path.’ He wrote, ‘Nice to be back in Kyiv.’ This is von der Leyen’s second visit to Kyiv since the Russian attack in late February.
Good to be back in Kyiv.
With President @ZelenskyyUa I will take stock of the joint work needed for reconstruction and of the progress made by Ukraine on its European path.
вропа вами! pic.twitter.com/JqtXvgamkV
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) June 11, 2022
Von der Leyen said the discussion would “help us assess how Ukraine is ready to become a candidate country and to start a longer dialogue, including the reforms it needs.” He said an assessment by his commission would be presented “soon”.
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