Geopolitical necessity: Czech president and prime minister call on the EU not to hesitate with enlargement

Ivanna ShepelWorld
Czech President and Prime Minister call on the European Union not to hesitate with enlargement. Source: lidovky.cz

Czech President Petr Pavel and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala have spoken in favor of enlarging the European Union and called for no delay in the decision. Thus, Peter Pavel called the enlargement a geopolitical necessity.

This was reported by Novinky.cz. The Czech president said that Europe should not allow Moldova and Georgia to wait too long and not leave them at the mercy of Russia.

Also, according to him, Europe should prepare for such an expansion.

"The EU cannot function equally with 12 or 35 members. Modernization of the EU is a necessary step," he added.

At the same time, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala noted that in the coming years, the Union should expand by joining the Western Balkans, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine.

"Ukraine is fighting for its right to belong to our civilization, for its right to be free, and at the same time, the security conditions in which we will live will depend on its struggle," the Prime Minister said.

He believes that this step is ultimately also a necessity for the security of the European Union itself.

"Let's give them this chance and take advantage of the opportunities it will bring. Any other option is worse for them and for us," Fiala said.

At the same time, he believes that the biggest challenge for Europe is the ongoing war in Ukraine. Fiala noted that the Union should help Ukraine resist the aggressor.

"Let's stand up for our European values, security, stability, and a just peace," he called.

Earlier, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said that Russian imperialism is the biggest threat to Europe. That is why it is important for Ukraine to win the war unleashed by Russia, so Prague will support Kyiv as long as it is needed.

As of April 16, 20 countries have joined the Czech initiative to purchase ammunition for Ukraine. Prague has already found more than a million units of ammunition that could be purchased in non-EU countries - previously, the figure was 800,000 units.

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