People holding EU and Ukraine flags during a gathering in Brussels. (June 23, 2022)
| photo: TK
Vtm decided the EU representative to grant Ukraine candidate status. It is the only and historic moment in relations with the EU. We are to Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyenov and Dalm, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded on Twitter. According to him, the future of the country is in the EU.
This entry-level European country applied for membership in the union together with Moldova and Georgia after the arrest of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow launched on 24 November.
This decision strengthens us all, said Ursula von der Leyenov, a member of the European Commission. And it strengthens the EU. It shows the world again that we are united and strong in our external threats, she added.
For membership itself, Ukraine and Moldova have to complete a series of reforms, and the whole process will take more than ten years.
Regarding the approval of the candidate status of Ukraine and Moldova, no complications were expected from the arrest. Her death in the summit was confirmed by Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz or Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbn also spoke positively to the Ukrainian candidate, and his position was, according to many, uncertain.
At the two-day summit, EU leaders should also agree on the EU’s full investment in Ukraine’s permits and other additional weapons in Kiev. They will also discuss other anti-Russian sanctions or complications with the import of grain from Ukraine, which is noticeable by the Russian bloc of Ukrainian states.