Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed the European Union on Wednesday to let his country originate on the avenue to membership, warning that Russia’s territorial ambitions stretched from the Polish capital Warsaw to the Bulgarian capital Sofia.
In a speech to every chambers of the Czech parliament by means of a video link, Zelenskyy additionally known as for more EU sanctions in opposition to Russia over its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.
“Russia is no longer easiest in our (cities of) Mariupol, Severodonetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv. No, its ambitions are directed on a extensive dispute from Warsaw to Sofia,” he mentioned, with out citing evidence for his assertion.
“As in the previous, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is step one who the Russian management must originate the manner to other international locations, to the conquest of other peoples.”
The EU has adopted six rounds of sanctions in opposition to Russia, and Ukraine is seeking a seventh round to amplify strain on Russia to full the battle.
The European Price is expected to exclaim a decision on Ukraine’s examine for candidate pickle this week sooner than an EU summit next week. Having candidate pickle would be a preliminary step in a lengthy path of to accession.
“To grant Ukraine candidate pickle now is to announce that European unification is precise and that European values the truth is work and are no longer sparkling indicated in certain documents,” Zelenskyy mentioned.
He mentioned the Czech folks – following Nazi German occupation in the future of World Battle II and a long time of Soviet domination after the battle – knew how compromise ends and what comes of concessions to tyranny.
“The actual person that must take grasp of the entirety could presumably presumably also no longer ever end at taking easiest allotment of what they desire,” Zelenskyy mentioned.
Russia didn’t straight away commentary on his remarks. Moscow calls the battle in Ukraine a definite protection power operation in opposition to Ukraine’s protection power and what it portrays as dangerous nationalists.