Ukraine asks to be “reserved” for it a place in the European Union

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba asked Thursday that a place be “reserved” for his country in the European Union, even if the accession negotiations must last a long time.

Ukraine asks to be “reserved” for it a place in the European Union

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba asked Thursday that a place be “reserved” for his country in the European Union, even if the accession negotiations must last a long time.

“We hear very often that Ukraine belongs to the European family and now it is important to reserve this place” for the country in the European Union, he declared on German public television at the start of a visit. in the country.

“We are not really talking about Ukraine joining the EU as soon as possible, but it is very important for us to reserve this place for Ukraine”, hammered Mr. Kouleba on the public channel ARD .

Kyiv applied for EU membership on February 28, days after the start of the Russian invasion, but some Western member countries are reserved, including on granting candidate status to Ukraine , seeking to avoid an accelerated accession procedure.

French President Emmanuel Macron estimated in Berlin on Monday that it would take "decades" for a country like Ukraine to join the EU, and suggested that in the meantime it be part of a "European political community" that could also include Great Britain, leaving the EU in 2020. An idea also supported by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.


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