The Polish authorities will provide Ukraine with all necessary assistance to country’s accession to the European Union, said Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking at the Verkhovna Rada on Sunday, May 22, during a visit to Kyiv. The video of his speech was broadcast on Facebook Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the European Solidarity party Oleksiy Goncharenko. Excerpts from Duda’s speech were also posted on Twitter by his office.
“Poland will do everything possible to help Ukraine become a member of the European Union,” the Polish president said.
Duda became the first head of a foreign state to deliver a speech from the rostrum of the Ukrainian parliament since the beginning of Russian invasion.
“No decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine”
The Polish leader stressed that only Ukraine has the right to decide its future. “Voices have appeared that say that Ukraine must give in to the demands (of Russian President Vladimir. – Red.) Putin. But only Ukraine has the right to determine its future,” he said to loud applause, adding that there should be no decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine.
According to Andrzej Duda, the international community must demand that Russia fully liberate the territory of Ukraine. “If Ukraine sacrifices – for economic reasons or because of political ambitions – even a centimeter of its territory, then this will be a huge blow not only for the Ukrainian people, but for the entire Western world,” he said.
Ukraine filed application for EU membership shortly after the Russian military invasion. The head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, announced on May 9 that the EC would give an official response to Kyiv’s application in June. If Brussels recommends giving Ukraine candidate status and all 27 states – members of the union will agree with this, negotiations on its entry into the EU will begin.