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Zelenskyy Admits His Country Must Pay Western Aid: It’s Not Free

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Tribunnews Reporter, Fitri Wulandari

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, KIEV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Western countries have helped Ukraine, but his country has not paid for it.

“Money allocated by Europe and other countries is spent only on humanitarian aid or weapons. Sometimes we receive weapons directly, but you have to understand that everything has a price. Every time the money we get is mentioned, yes, everything has to be paid for, it’s not free,” said Zelenskyy.

Quoted from the page TASS, Sunday (13/3/2022), at the end of last February, Zelenskyy asked the European Union (EU) to let his country join the union as soon as possible.

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“Ukraine’s application for EU membership under the expedited procedure has been received, registered and is being considered,” said the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andrey Yermak, on March 1.

EU heads of state and government gathered for an informal summit in Versailles France did express their solidarity with Ukraine in a joint statement, but did not give Ukraine candidate status.

According to the latest statement, the EU will continue to strengthen its relations with Ukraine, which belongs to the ‘European family’.

However, according to the Prime Minister (PM) of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, the process of Ukraine’s accession to the EU can take months or even years.

Meanwhile, Zelenskyy said that Russia and the West should provide security guarantees to their countries.

“Apart from the Russian Federation, security guarantees must also be provided by other leaders,” Zelenskyy explained in an interview with foreign media on Saturday.

The wedding of two Ukrainian soldiers took place at a Kiev checkpoint in the midst of the battle against the Russian invasion, Sunday (6/3/2022). (Source AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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