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Zelenskyy: "What should the EU do for Ukraine? Just accept Ukraine to the EU"

He expects the status of an equal partner in Europe.

Zelenskyy: "What should the EU do for Ukraine? Just accept Ukraine to the EU"
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has confirmed in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos that he sees the future of Ukraine in the European Union.

"We see our future in the European Union. What should the European Union do for Ukraine? Just accept Ukraine to the European Union," Zelenskyy said.

He noted though that Ukraine's desire should match that of the European Union.

"Many countries in the European Union support us and see the future of Ukraine next to them as a full partner. But some countries should also want to attract Ukraine to the EU. The question is not even when we will be in the European Union. The question is what status Ukraine will have in the European Union, how our country will be treated. As an equal player, a country that is respected, that is not looked down upon?" the president said.

He also joked that now is a very convenient moment for this: "When one country went for an exit, maybe it's time [another country] makes an entrance."

Former Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin suggested that Ukraine could join the EU in 2035 at best.

Ex-President Petro Poroshenko said that accession talks could start in 2023.

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