In June, an EU summit is to decide how to proceed with Ukraine’s application for membership. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj would like support from Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expects the European Union to grant his country candidate status this June.

He would like Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to personally support Ukraine’s EU membership, said Selenskyj in an interview with ZDF’s “heute journal”. Selenskyj added critically that before Scholz took office, i.e. during the chancellorship of Angela Merkel (CDU), “a certain skepticism” prevailed in Germany’s political leadership with regard to his country’s accession to the EU and NATO.

When asked whether the cession of territory would be conceivable for a peace with Russia, Zelenskyy replied that it hurts a lot to lose human life in this defensive struggle. “That’s so. But we will lose everything if we lose to Russia in this war.” “I’m not trying to come to an agreement in any way,” he said. «We know exactly what we’re doing. I stress that we have no doubts.” He added: “We are only ready to talk if the other side is ready to put an end to the war. We don’t have time for talks that don’t work.”

During a visit to Kyiv at the weekend, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that she would complete the analysis of Ukraine’s EU membership application at the end of next week. In any case, the recommendation of your authority should be linked to reforms. The EU countries must then unanimously decide how to proceed. This is to happen at an EU summit on June 23rd and 24th.