When it comes to membership, the dynamics of the war will not be a decisive factor, the vice-premier noted.

Stefanyshyn: Ukraine's accession to the EU does not depend on the timing of the end of the war / photo from UNIAN, Oleksandr Sinitsa

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna said that Ukraine could join the EU even without the end of the war.

“I will not make any predictions about the time, but when it comes to membership, the dynamics of the war will not be a decisive factor. We can join the EU even if the war is not finally completed,” Stefanishina said in Canada, responding to questions from journalists on the sidelines of the Halifax Security Conference, transmits “European Truth”.

However, the Deputy Prime Minister did not specify what elements of the war could drag on until Ukraine’s accession to the EU becomes a practical matter, but reminded that Ukraine and the EU had previously concluded a trade political agreement despite the presence of occupied territories.

“Let me remind you that we signed the Association Agreement when Crimea was annexed and the war began in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but this did not affect the launch of the free trade zone, there were not even separate reservations about this,” she stressed.

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Ukraine’s accession to the EU: what is known

February 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for membership of Ukraine in the European Union.

June 23 The European Council granted Ukraine candidate status for membership in the European Union.

On August 21, the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Matti Maasikas, said that next year the EU will analyze the implementation of these recommendations by Ukraine in order to maintain the status of a candidate country to join the European Community.

Now Ukraine has fulfilled 70% of the requirements for joining the EU. Shmyhal announced the plans of the state to be ready to join to the European Union by the end of 2024.

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