Monday, May 16, 2022

Ukraine President Signs Application For Membership In European Union

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Ukraine President Signs Application For Membership In European Union, Zelenskyy had asked EU to allow Ukraine to gain membership under a special procedure immediately as it defends itself from invasion by Russian forces.

“Our goal is to be with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be equal. I’m sure that’s fair. I am sure we deserve it,” Ukraine President said in a video speech shared on social media.

On the fifth day of the war in Ukraine, Russian soldiers encountered opposition from Ukrainian troops and civilians.

Meanwhile, Russian and Ukrainian diplomats met on the Belarusian border to discuss a ceasefire

Western countries have continued to pile sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. The US has prohibited Americans from transacting with Russia’s central bank, National Wealth Fund, or finance ministry.

The Kremlin acknowledged that Russia’s economic reality has changed, but it sees no reason to mistrust the central bank’s efficacy and reliability, which raised interest rates to 20% to protect the economy from unprecedented Western sanctions.

In reaction to Ukraine-related sanctions targeting its aviation sector, Russia also barred its airspace to aircraft from 36 nations, including all 27 members of the European Union.

‘We agreed to keep the negotiations going’, says Russian delegation head

After meeting for the first time since the commencement of the war last week, Ukrainian and Russian negotiators will return to respective capital cities for deliberations and have plans for more meetings, both parties declared Monday.

“The delegations are returning to their capitals for consultations and have discussed the possibility of meeting for a second round of negotiations soon,” Ukrainian negotiator Mikhailo Podolyak said.

“We agreed to keep the negotiations going,” the Russian delegation head, Vladimir Medinsky said.

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