Ukrainian MPs are demanding that the EU open accession negotiations at a summit on Friday

Ukrainian Parliament / Photo: MIA

Ukrainian MPs urged EU member states to approve the opening of accession negotiations with Ukraine at a summit on Friday, according to a statement from the parliament. The decision was adopted by a majority of votes, and the representative Jaroslav Zhelezniak announced the result on Telegram.

The Ukrainian parliament is sitting behind closed doors due to the declared state of emergency in the country due to the war with Russia. Some EU member states are concerned about the possible challenges and costs of joining Ukraine, a large country with a large agricultural sector that is far poorer than EU members.

The Ukrainian parliament also called on EU member states to continue military and financial aid to Ukraine. He also called for the introduction of new sanctions against Russia.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, after annexing Crimea in 2014 and helping pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine received official status as a candidate for EU membership in 2022 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán threatened a few days ago to veto the opening of negotiations with Ukraine.

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