The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, demanded this Thursday that Ukraine be granted the status of candidate country for accession to the European Union and expressed hope that the decision would be taken at the next European summit in June.
Kuleba stressed that this decision “will largely define the future of Europe”, after meeting in Berlin with the co-president of the German Social Democrats, Lars Klingbeil.
“It is about anchoring Ukraine in the European integration project”, said the minister, adding that “it is obvious” that the candidate country status “does not imply an immediate accession”, but rather “legally fix” Kiev in the accession process. .
On the other hand, the minister welcomed the fact that the German government’s position had “move in the right direction” since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, citing as examples the decisions to send weapons to Kiev and to support tougher sanctions against the Russia.
“There is a positive dynamic in relations, but we have to ensure that it is maintained, that we move forward and that the right decisions are taken,” said Kuleba, who in the past has been critical of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government.
Klingbeil already highlighted that “from social democracy” it is understood that Kiev is fighting “for European values” and said he is convinced that it is necessary to “open the perspective of accession” to Ukraine and other countries.
Kuleba, who traveled to Germany to participate as a guest at the meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Weissenhaus, in the north, also met this morning with representatives of the Greens and at midday with the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). ), Friedrich Merz.
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