Diplomatic status update
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not only calling for more heavy weapons to be handed over to his Western allies, but is also working to ensure that the 27 member states of the European Union give Ukraine formal status as a candidate for EU membership Thursday at a summit in Brussels.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on European leaders to do so “To rise to the occasion” Stakes by agreeing to kyiv’s request. The European Executive issued a positive opinion on Ukraine’s candidacy a few days ago, and on Tuesday, France’s Minister for European Affairs, Clement Bonn, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, said that “full compatibility” Among the twenty-seven appeared on the matter. In Berlin, German Chancellor Olaf Schulz on Wednesday called for a stay of “Marshall Plan” for the reconstruction of Ukraine. “We will need several billion euros and additional dollars, and that’s for years”pointed out.
Two other European summits, the Group of Seven and the NATO summit, are scheduled to be followed by the European summit. The issue of how financial assistance should be at the center of discussions at these three meetings. According to Madrid, Mr. Zelensky will participate via video link in the NATO Summit, which will be held from 28-30 June in the Spanish capital. “The truth is that we are still far from the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia because Putin still believes in the possibility of imposing peace.”as appreciated by Mr. Schulze.
As Moscow commemorates Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, Russian diplomacy has accused Berlin of fueling “Anti-Rossophobia Hysteria” and this is “Systematically through almost daily attacks by members of the German government against our country.” Moscow also received new, veiled support from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who on Wednesday lashed out, in an implicit reference to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Expanding military alliancesresponsible according to him, among other things, for the crisis in Ukraine.
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