– This procedure usually takes years, but due to exceptional circumstances, with the Russian aggression against Ukraine, we committed ourselves to carrying it out in a few weeks – von der Leyen emphasized.

European Commission President Zelensky Documents that the Ukrainian side must complete so that the Commission can submit an official opinion to the European Council on the recognition of Ukraine as a candidate country to join the European Union.

– The Ukrainian nation is carrying the torch of freedom on behalf of all of us, the European Union is on the side of the Ukrainians, and your fight is our fight – von der Leyen said at the press conference after the meeting with Zelensky.

President Zelensky emphasized that more sanctions against Russia, even harsher ones, were needed.

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