Putin invaded Ukraine to keep Europe out. Instead, Zelensky has signed Ukraine’s application to join the EU.
Zelensky signs the application:
President @ZelenskyyUa has signed application for the membership of #Ukraine in the European Union.
This is a historic moment! pic.twitter.com/rmzdgIwArc
— Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (@ua_parliament) February 28, 2022
This will likely start years of accession protocols but also unlock billions in E.U. Funding as well as push Ukraine to continue its economic liberalization and deep institutional reforms (including much needed crack downs on corruption and burdensome Soviet-era regulations)
— Blake Allen (@Blake_Allen13) February 28, 2022
The EU membership process takes years, but why does it have to? There is no reason why the EU could not expedite Ukraine’s application. It can’t happen overnight or in a day, but there is no reason for the application to take years while Ukraine is trying to fight off a Russian invasion.
Putin Wanted To Keep Europe Out, And He Has Failed
Putin didn’t want a democracy next door to Russia. He also feared having a NATO member on his border and definitely does not want the EU at his doorstep.
It is too soon to know how the Russian invasion will end, but at this point, it has all gone wrong for Putin. The Russian economy is reeling toward collapse. The overpowering military offensive that Putin thought would storm through Ukraine has been met with deep resistance.
It has all gone wrong for Putin. If he weren’t a dictator in charge of the whole country, he would need to be looking over his shoulder for the mob coming to throw him out of office.
Putin wanted to keep Europe out of what he views as his sphere of influence, but the invasion has backfired and brought him everything he feared.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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