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Ukraine will receive the status of a candidate for EU membership this week

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The 27 member states of the European Union intend to officially grant candidate status to Ukraine this week. At a meeting of EU ambassadors on Monday, no one spoke out against the decision.

Writes about it Bloomberg with reference to sources.

The bloc also intends to support the European Commission’s opinion on granting candidate status to Moldova, as well as Georgia, if it first fulfills specific additional conditions, sources say on condition of anonymity.

This status is especially significant for Ukraine, which has invested so much of its political future in closer relations with Europe as it seeks moral support in countering Russian aggression.

EU leaders will meet in Brussels on June 23-24. It is expected that it is during this summit that Ukraine will officially become a candidate for EU membership. The final decision to grant status and any additional conditions must be approved by all Member States.

“Now is the time to recognize that the future of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia lies in the EU. I invite you to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova,” European Council President Charles Michel wrote in a letter of invitation to the summit addressed to the leaders of the EU member states.

According to an EU official, the discussions are moving in the right direction and the status of Ukraine’s candidate should be approved.

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As UNIAN previously reported, on February 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.

On June 17, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EC had recommended to the European Council give Ukraine a European perspective and candidate status for EU membership.

After that, the president’s office named the actions to be taken. to start negotiations Ukraine on joining the EU

As you know, the decision of the European Council on granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership is expected on June 23-24.

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