Zelensky called the status of an EU candidate “a victory that has been awaited for 30 years”

The President also called the EU decision one of the most important since the independence of Ukraine. Ursula von der Leyen said that granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate country would strengthen both the state and the European Union

Zelensky called the status of an EU candidate

Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called it a victory for his country to be granted the status of an EU candidate. His video message was published by the Verkhovna Rada in its Telegram channel.

“The candidacy has just been approved. This is victory. We waited 120 days. And 30 years old»,— Zelensky said. He also added that the future of Ukraine— in the EU.

During the EU summit, which decided on the issue of candidacy, Zelensky said that this was “one of the most important decisions for Ukraine in 30 years of independence.” states. “However, this is a decision” not only for Ukraine. This is the biggest step towards the strengthening of Europe that could be done right now, — noted the president.

In addition to Ukraine, Moldova also received candidate status. Congratulating these countries, the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, called the incident a “historical moment.” “Today marks a decisive step on your path to the EU”, — he added.

The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in turn, said that the EU decision to give Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidate countries “will strengthen us all.” “Because this once again shows the world that we are united and strong in the face of external threats,” — she wrote on Twitter.

The EU also considered the issue of granting the status of a candidate country to Georgia. On the afternoon of June 23, the deputies of the European Parliament, who adopted a resolution on the speedy granting of this status to Ukraine and Moldova, recommended giving it to Georgia as well, but after the country had carried out the necessary reforms.

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At the same time, France previously reported that there would be no accelerated procedure for Ukraine's accession to the European Union. “The process is lengthy, Ukraine will not become a member of the European Union tomorrow morning”, — explained Minister Delegate for European Affairs under the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Clement Bon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in mid-June that Moscow had never opposed Ukraine's membership in the European Union, but it was against “military development of the Ukrainian territory. At the same time, the press secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, said that the issue of Ukraine's accession to the EU requires special attention due to the strengthening of the “defense component”; European Union.

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Vladimir Zelensky

politician, President of Ukraine

January 25, 1978

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