June 27, 2022

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Zelensky says joining EU is Ukraine’s chosen future

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that EU membership is Ukraine’s “choice of our future vision.”

“Today or tomorrow, and I know you know this, we have a big chance to receive a candidate status for EU membership,” Zelensky said during a questions and answers session following his virtual address to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“Ukraine has made its own choice, … a future closer to the European Union and soon we will be part of that family. We have sacrificed a lot for that,” he said. “But most importantly, this is our choice — choice of our future vision.”

Zelensky said after the war ends, Ukraine will focus on “building a European state which will be part of the EU” but the threat from Russia will remain.

“We will understand very clearly that our neighbor is Russia, and that Russia, even if we finish the war and we win, in 10 or 20 years Russia may attack us again. I am not saying that this will happen, but there is a possibility.”

Zelensky said developing Ukraine’s security institutions will be an important part of the rebuilding process. “Security in all public spaces — starting from the borders of our country down to the very center,” he said.

“We have prepared a lot of draft laws, a lot of reforms,” he added.

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