Ukraine not interested in surrogates for EU candidate status, FM Kuleba says

19 May, 03:39 PM
Dmytro Kuleba stated that such proposals are offensive to Ukrainians (Photo:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine)

Dmytro Kuleba stated that such proposals are offensive to Ukrainians (Photo:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine)

Ukraine is not interested in the surrogates for EU candidate status offered by some European politicians, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted on May 19.

Earlier French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine's accession to the EU could take too long, so he suggested creating a "parallel organization" for countries seeking to join or leave the EU.

"The strategic ambiguity on Ukraine's European perspective practiced by some EU capitals in the past years has failed and must end," Kuleba tweeted.

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"It only emboldened (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin. We do not need surrogates for EU candidate status that show second-class treatment of Ukraine and hurt feelings of Ukrainians."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Feb. 28 signed an application for Ukraine's accession to the EU. He said that after the full-scale invasion of Russia, Ukraine will apply to the European Union for immediate accession under a new special procedure.

It was reported on March 21 that the European Commission had begun work on a conclusion on Ukraine's membership of the EU. According to Zelensky, the conclusion of the European Commission will be prepared within a few months, and will act as a recommendation for the EU Council to decide on its next steps.

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