Meeting in Kyiv: For Ukraine’s “immediate” EU candidate status
For Ukraine’s “immediate” EU candidate status. Meeting in Kyiv, Leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and Romania are all in favor of granting Ukraine ‘immediate’ official EU candidate status, French President Emmanuel Macron told a conference on Thursday. press in Kyiv.
“All four of us support the status of immediate candidate for membership,” said Emmanuel Macron, after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, accompanied by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
“This status will be accompanied by a roadmap and will also involve taking into account the situation of the Balkans and the neighborhood, in particular of Moldova”, he added, during this press briefing organized in the gardens. of the Ukrainian presidential palace.
Italy confirms this position
Italy “wants Ukraine in the European Union”, declared Mario Draghi, “it wants Ukraine to have candidate status and will support this position at the next European Council”, he added.
But he hinted that it could be a long road before joining. “The path from candidate to the member (of the EU) is a path, not a fixed point”, he stressed.
Emmanuel Macron, for his part, again assured his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky: “Europe is by your side, it will remain so as long as necessary”.
Ukraine is “ready to work”
European leaders must decide at a summit on June 23 and 24 whether to grant this status as a candidate for membership, the first step in a process of negotiations that could last for years. The Commission is due to make its recommendation known on Friday.
Ukraine is “ready” to work to become a “full member” of the European Union, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday at this press conference in Kyiv alongside his German, French and Italian counterparts. and Romanian.
France will deliver additional weapons
“The Ukrainians have already earned the right to get on this path and obtain candidate status” for membership, added Volodimir Zelensky after meeting with Scholz, Macron, Draghi, and Iohannis.
Regarding the deliveries of heavy weapons that Ukraine has been calling for weeks to resist the Russian offensive in the Donbas, Emmanuel Macron also announced that France would deliver to Ukraine “six additional Caesars”, these self-propelled guns reputed for their precision and mobility.
“Beyond the 12 Caesars already delivered, I decided to deliver six additional Caesars,” he said after talks with President Zelensky.
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