EU chief promises speeded up process for Ukraine to seek membership

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visits Ukraine
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen travels to Kyiv, Ukraine, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Janis Laizans

KYIV, April 8 (Reuters) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged on Friday to offer Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a speedier start to Ukraine's bid to become a member of the European Union.

Handing Zelenskiy a questionnaire which will form a starting point for the EU to decide on membership for Kyiv, she said: "It will not as usual be a matter of years to form this opinion but I think a matter of weeks." Zelenskiy said he would come back with answers in a week.

She underlined the sanctions put on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, saying: "Russia will descend into economic, financial and technological decay, while Ukraine is marching towards the European future, this is what I see."

Reporting by Max Hunder, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Alessandra Prentice

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