Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced today, Thursday, that he discussed with his French counterpart the course of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and coordinated steps on that.
He also said, through his account on Twitter, that he briefed Emmanuel Macron on developments on the front lines, and discussed with him the provision of more security assistance by France.
Had another phone conversation with 🇫🇷 President @EmmanuelMacron. Informed about the situation on the front. Discussed further defense support for 🇺🇦 and work on security guarantees. Special attention was paid to Ukraine’s path to the #EUwe are coordinating steps.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) June 9, 2022
For his part, Macron told his Ukrainian counterpart that Paris would continue to respond to Kyiv’s needs, including heavy weapons.
It is noteworthy that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly said over the past months that his country is very close to entering the EU. He explained that the European Commission and the Ukrainian government are moving together towards this strategic goal.
This came after the Ukrainian presidency signed on February 28 a formal request to immediately join the 27-nation union, under a special procedure because Kyiv is defending itself against Russia, despite the leaders of European countries who met in Versailles last March. They made it clear that the path to membership in the Union could not be quick or hasty, which frustrated a little at the time the Ukrainian ambitions.
On the other hand, Moscow has warned more than once of this step, considering that it is inseparable from joining NATO, which is a red line for it and for its strategic security.
This issue is considered very sensitive and even a red line for Russia, which has repeatedly called for Ukraine to be made a “neutral country” away from joining any Western or international blocs, including the European Union and, more importantly, NATO.