At a joint press convention with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ursula von der Leyen acknowledged that regardless of the struggle with Russia, Ukraine has achieved important milestones, for instance in the area of judicial reforms.
“I do know that you’re implementing excellent reforms. If this occurs – and I belief it – Ukraine can obtain its bold purpose and transfer to the subsequent stage of the accession course of,” mentioned the president of the European Commission.
Zelenskyi harassed that Ukraine is dedicated to advancing reforms, together with strengthening anti-corruption measures. The European Union analysis report will probably be printed on Wednesday, during which it’s anticipated to assess the progress Ukraine has made in assembly the numerous financial, authorized and different standards vital for the begin of accession negotiations.
Ukraine submitted its utility to be part of after Russia launched an invasion towards it in February 2022. The Ukrainian authorities – to guarantee its readiness – fulfilled all the requested steps, mentioned Volodymyr Zelenskyi, who promised to push for reforms. He emphasised the struggle towards corruption, enhancing transparency and decreasing the affect of oligarchs on the financial system.
The 27 member states of the EU are scheduled to resolve at the summit in December whether or not Kyiv can begin accession negotiations. The determination requires unanimous help. The EU has to this point supported Ukraine with 83 billion euros, and plans to present an extra 3 billion euros to Kyiv by the finish of the yr, mentioned Ursula von der Leyen. He additionally mentioned that they’re engaged on how they may use the income of the frozen Russian state accounts to assist the reconstruction of Ukraine.
The president of the EC introduced that the EU is making ready to impose new financial sanctions towards Russia and people non-EU states that assist Moscow evade the sanctions. The measures apply to extra export and import bans and a stricter crude oil worth cap, he mentioned.
Zelensky acknowledged: the struggle in Gaza will take the focus off the invasion of Ukraine, as Russia hopes. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian president is assured that Ukraine can deal with this problem. He added that his nation had already skilled very tough conditions when Ukraine was not in the focal point.
The Ukrainian president mentioned: the struggle will not be but a completed sport. “Now a variety of time has handed and individuals are drained. However, it’s not a checkmate scenario,” mentioned Volodymyr Zelensky. He acknowledged that there are difficulties in the struggle, which is now 21 months outdated, and that Kiev wants to be extra profitable in its counter-offensive. He added that there was no different various for the Ukrainian troopers however to proceed combating and requested for added help from Western allies, primarily in the space of air protection.
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