Ukraine’s president calls for ‘immediate’ EU membership

The President of Ukraine Volodomir Zelenskyhas requested the immediate entry of your country to the European Union while asking the Russian soldiers to cease fire. “We are addressing the EU regarding Ukraine’s integration without delay through a new special procedure,” Zelensky said in a video address. “I am sure that it is correct. I am sure that it is possible”, added the president after five days of russian invasion.

The ukrainian delegation arrived this Monday morning at the border with Belarus to start negotiations with Russiawhere will require a “immediate” ceasefire and the withdrawal of russian troopsaccording to the Ukrainian presidency.

“The key issue is a ceasefire and withdrawal of troops from Ukrainian territory”, expressed the Office of the Presidency before the meeting began, which started at ten in the morning Spanish time to start the dialogue, after last Thursday Russia began the invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian negotiators they landed in a polish helicopter not far from the place of negotiations, according to the official Belarusian agency BELTA. The delegation includes Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov; the leader of the faction of the official party “El Siervo del Pueblo”, David Arakhamia: to the adviser to the Head of the Presidential Office Mykhailo Podoliak; to the deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group for peace in Donbas, andriy kostin; to the deputy Rustem Umerov and the diplomat Mykola Tochytsky.

Shortly before, Belarus confirmed that everything was ready to start negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in the Gomel region. “Everything is ready in Belarus to host the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. Waiting for the delegations,” Belarusian diplomacy wrote in a tweet with a photograph of the meeting venue, provided with a long table and the flags of the three countries.

Ukrainian officials finally agreed to travel to Belarus, although not to Minsk as originally proposed by Russia, since considers that the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, is not neutral having welcomed more than 30,000 Russian soldiers and military equipment for joint exercises that have served Moscow to cross the southern border of that country to attack Ukraine.

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What’s more, Lukashenko declared himself ready to travel to Crimeaannexed by Russia in 2014. It was in Minsk where the Peace Agreements for Donbas were signed in 2015, pacts that due to the war have remained in wet paper and that, in the opinion of Moscow, in eight years they have not been implemented by Kiev.

Ukraine agreed to start negotiations without expectation of a resultalthough according to the Government, managed to make these “no strings attached”after the Kremlin demanded that he first lay down his arms, according to the Kiev version.

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