Address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, October 2, 2023

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Address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, October 2, 2023

“It is only here in Ukraine that international law can prevail, and it will,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

I wish you health, fellow Ukrainians!

Today is a European and EU day in Ukraine.

It’s a very symbolic day: you can feel what it will look like, what it will sound like, what issues will be resolved and how they will be resolved when Ukraine fully joins the European Union.

Today, the EU Foreign Affairs Council held an offsite meeting in Kyiv.

All the foreign ministers of the member states, representatives of the European Commission and High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell were present. It was a very productive and substantive meeting. Truly in the interests of the whole of Europe.

This is the first time that this Council has met outside the European Union in such an offsite format. But it is formally outside. We all know that it is only a matter of time before Ukraine becomes a member of the EU. So the meeting has actually taken place in the EU already. Objectively, our country is a leader in protecting the very foundations on which European unity rests. The unity of modern Europe, which values human freedom and equality of nations, values international law.

Today we talked, in particular, about Ukraine’s full accession to the EU.

Our key integration goal is to hammer out a decision this year to start membership negotiations. And today I heard once again at the meetings and negotiations that this is absolutely possible. Ukraine will definitely fulfill its part of the work – the seven recommendations of the European Commission.

Full text of the address: Office of the President of Ukraine