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The foreign ministers of the 27 are in favor of Ukraine’s candidacy for the EU

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European Union foreign ministers voted in favor of Ukraine’s candidacy for the bloc this Monday, at the first session of the Twenty-Seven, after Kyiv received the European Commission’s positive opinion on its European integration and requested candidate status.

European foreign ministers have shown a united front in support of Ukraine, after Brussels will issue its formal statement arguing for Ukraine to be considered as a candidate on the assumption that Kyiv faces important reforms in the judiciary or the fight against corruption.

“It’s a political, strategic and moral imperative,” said new French foreign minister Catherine Colonna of the possibility of granting the status of a candidate whose final word rests with European leaders at the 23rd-24th summit will be June.

In this sense, France has asked for a “clear and positive” message at the request of Kyiv, saying that the EU must send a signal of support to the Ukrainian people and send a message to Russia.

“It is a historic moment in which we all have to think about what we will be in the coming years if we take the wrong path in this situation,” warned Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, insisting that despite the fact that the path to the EU is ” complicated and hard”, Europe “always grows in difficult times”.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands, another member state traditionally reluctant to enlarge, appreciated the European Commission’s “balanced” proposal and encouraged Dutch support. “It’s a good suggestion that points to the enormous importance of unity in this geopolitical context,” said Foreign Ministry chief Wopke Hoekstra.

For its part, the Czech Republic has asked for “political will” from its European partners to support Ukraine’s candidate status, saying that the Ukrainian people who are “dying for European values” will otherwise “abandon themselves in the midst of the war against Russia “ would feel.

“It’s a war that Vladimir Putin is waging with imperial ideas, and Ukraine doesn’t want to be a part of it. It’s a special situation and we have to reflect on it, it’s a political decision,” stressed Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky.

His Latvian counterpart Edgar Rinkevics has highlighted the country’s commitment to European values, stressing that it has made “sufficient” progress in democratic reforms to be considered a candidate country. “I hope for unanimous support,” he said upon arrival at the meeting in Luxembourg.

For his part, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, underlined the “big step forward” represented by Brussels’ positive opinion on Ukraine’s accession, as well as on the aspirations of Moldova and Georgia. “I can’t predict anything, but I haven’t heard anyone speak out against it,” Borrell said of supporting the twenty-seven.

Source europapress.es

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