Volodymyr Zelensky, Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz, Mario Draghi and Klaus Werner Iohannis

French, German, Italian and Romanian leaders want Ukraine to be granted “immediate” official candidate status for membership of the European Union (EU), it was announced this Thursday.

The position was announced this Thursday after a meeting in Kiev of the four leaders with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“We all support the status of immediate candidate for accession,” French President Emmanuel Macron said at a press conference this Thursday, adding that “this status will be accompanied by a guide and will take into account the situation in the Balkans and in the neighbourhood, particularly in Moldova”.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi also said that his country “wants Ukraine in the European Union”.

“Today, the most important message of our visit is that Italy wants Ukraine in the European Union,” he said.

In the same vein, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that “Germany supports a positive decision in favor of Ukraine”, as well as Moldova.

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