According to Deputy Prime Minister Stefanyshina, Ukraine will receive the status of a candidate for EU membership by June 2022
Ukraine will receive the status of a candidate member of the European Union by June 2022, said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshina, Strana.ua reports.
“We expect that when the EU members meet again— it will be June of this year,— a decision will be made to grant Ukraine candidate status. We usually negotiate with different capitals and say that this accelerated procedure, according to which we go through all the processes, became possible through the changes and transformations that we have carried out over the past eight years, this was our way to Europe itself. ,— said Stefanyshina.
In 2014, Ukraine and the European Union signed an association agreement. Ukraine's aspiration to the EU has been officially enshrined in the country's Constitution since 2019.
At the end of February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's accession to the EU. Later, he gave the head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine, Matti Maasikas, a completed questionnaire for Ukraine to obtain the status of a candidate for EU membership.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, previously stated that European countries support Ukraine's aspirations to join the EU. At the same time, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that this topic is not on the agenda now.
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At the same time, eight countries— EU members— Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia— supported the idea of accelerated accession of Ukraine to the European Union.
The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov previously stressed that the European Union is not a military-political bloc, unlike NATO, so the question of Ukraine's membership in the EU “lies on a different plane.”
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