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Zelenskyy, German parliament president focus on arms, Ukraine’s EU membership bid

FRANKFURT: The president of the German parliament Baerbel Bas met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Sunday (May 8) to commemorate victims of World War II, focus on arms and Ukraine’s ambition to be thought-about for European Union (EU) membership.

In a video of a gathering with Bas, Zelenskyy mentioned securing the Bundestag’s approval of heavy arms deliveries to assist Ukraine fend off Russian assaults was one his nation’s “top priorities”.

He additionally requested Bas and the Bundestag to help Ukraine in its bid for European Union membership, which Kyiv’s allies have mentioned they need quickly. However, candidature must be agreed unanimously and accession often takes years of complicated negotiations.

Zelenskyy earlier gave an emotional tackle for Victory Day, when Europe remembers the formal give up of Germany to the Allies in World War II, saying that “evil has returned” to Ukraine, but it surely would not be capable to escape duty.

Bas instructed German newspaper Rheinische Post that she had assured Zelenskyy of Germany’s solidarity and ongoing help in Ukraine’s struggle for its existence.

The two additionally agreed that peace shouldn’t be dictated by Russia, Bas was cited as saying in a narrative summary launched forward of publication by the paper on Monday.

“We agreed that there must not be a dictated peace but only one brokered through a fair peace agreement,” she mentioned.

Regarding Ukraine’s EU membership bid, “the Bundestag will speed all necessary procedures,” she mentioned.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is anticipated to participate in a G7 digital dialogue afterward Sunday on the struggle in Ukraine that will likely be attended by Zelenskyy.

Germany has agreed to produce Kyiv with heavy weapons, together with self-propelled howitzers, in a reversal of a longtime coverage to not ship heavy weapons to struggle zones as a result of nation’s Nazi previous.

Moscow calls its actions since Feb 24 a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of what it calls “Nazis” and anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West.

In Russia, Victory Day on May 9 is without doubt one of the nation’s most necessary nationwide occasions – a remembrance of the large sacrifices made by the Soviet Union in defeating Nazi Germany.

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