Ukraine expects to become EU member in two years, PM says

11 September, 03:57 PM
Ukraine intends to satisfy EU’s eight criteria for membership by the end of 2022 (Photo:kmu.gov.ua)

Ukraine intends to satisfy EU’s eight criteria for membership by the end of 2022 (Photo:kmu.gov.ua)

Ukraine intends to satisfy EU’s eight criteria for membership by the end of 2022, moving on to negotiating the accession process with the bloc, Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal said during the 17th annual Yalta European Strategy (YES) forum in Kyiv on Sept. 10.

“We’ll be moving very quickly,” said Shmyhal.

“We examined how other countries made their journey to the EU. It took five, seven, eights years. We aspire to do the same in two years and achieve our goal of becoming a full member of the EU.”

The PM added that Ukraine has made its choice to continue mowing towards the Western civilization.

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Meanwhile, Russia has already lost the war in the strategic sense, Shmyhal said. Moscow has chosen to remain prisoner of its decrepit Soviet, imperial model – the model that’s currently being crushed in Ukraine.

The EU gave member candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova on June 23.

Ukrainian Deputy PM Olha Stefanishyna previously said Ukraine expects to accede to the EU within five years.

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