It looks as though the European Union is mulling over whether to admit Ukraine into the Bloc, after Ukraine applied to become a member in February. This will undoubtedly have negative consequences on the war that is allegedly raging in Ukraine at the hands of Russia.
Ukraine has been vying to join the EU for many years, but other countries are still in the waiting process after asking to join decades ago. Obviously, having the backing of the European Union would automatically buy you the backing of NATO allies and the United States.
From the very beginning, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the war could be over if Ukraine would pledge to not join NATO. If Ukraine joins the European Union, they would be joining NATO by default.
Breitbart News reported:
The 27 EU nations have been fully united in backing Ukraine´s resistance to Russia´s invasion, adopting unprecedented economic sanctions against Moscow since the start of the war in February. But leaders are divided on how fast Brussels could move to accept Ukraine as a member.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said in a message on Twitter that she discussed Monday with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy “EU support and Ukraine´s European pathway. Looking forward to receiving the answers to the EU membership questionnaire.”
For now, Ukraine has an “Association Agreement” with the EU, which includes a far-reaching free trade pact and helps to modernize Ukraine´s economy.
The Ukrainian fast-track bid could take years, with unanimity among current members required to include a new member.
Meanwhile in Rome, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, president of the European Bishops’ Conference (COMECE), is urging the EU to accept the application from Ukraine for membership.
On Ukraine’s February application, Cardinal Hollerich stated that it “deserves a positive and realistic response.”
“Ukraine, but also Moldova, Georgia, and all the other European countries, notably in the region of the Western Balkans, which have made the same request in the past, and have undertaken significant reforms, need a credible accession perspective,” the cardinal declares.
The cardinal released his statement as part of “Europe Day,” and noted the war currently happening in Europe, for what he said was a war that “has caused already far too many victims and destruction.”
“Since the beginning of the aggression of Ukraine by Russian forces on 24 February we have been praying and hoping for peace,” he states, adding that the EU and its member states “have offered humanitarian, financial and military support to Ukraine.”
“As perhaps never before since the signing of the Treaty establishing the European Defense community seventy years ago, the political leadership is thinking and discussing about a significantly closer cooperation in defense and security matters,” he adds.
“We note that this has been a priority for a strong majority of citizens for a long time already and we sincerely hope that peace in Europe and the world become less fragile and the use of weapons less frequent through these discussions and subsequent agreements.”