The leaders of the 27 European countries agreed, Thursday, to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for membership in the European Union, according to what the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, announced, referring to a “historic moment” as the Russian attack on Kyiv continues.
This decision, which was taken during the Summit of Heads of State and Government in Brussels, marks the beginning of a long and complex process leading to the bloc’s accession.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday evening: “Just as we struggle for a positive EU decision on Ukraine’s candidacy, we struggle daily to obtain shipments of modern weapons.”
The European Executive Authority also issued a positive opinion on Ukraine’s candidacy a few days ago, while France, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, spoke on Tuesday of “complete consensus” among the 27 countries on this issue.
After the European summit, another summit of the Group of Seven, and a third for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), is supposed to be held, with the participation of US President Joe Biden. The issue of financial assistance to Kiev will be at the center of the discussions of the three meetings.
A senior White House official pledged on Wednesday that this weekend’s G7 summit in Germany would produce “a set of concrete proposals to increase pressure on Russia and demonstrate our collective support for Ukraine.”
(AFP, The New Arab)