The government of Ukraine has completely filled out the questionnaire on the country’s accession to the European Union. About it the day before informed Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Igor Zhovkva.
On April 8, EU leaders visiting Ukraine for the first time since the start of a full-scale Russian invasion handed over a questionnaire to President Volodymyr Zelensky as part of the necessary process to consider Ukraine’s application for EU membership. Zelensky declaredthat Kyiv will be able to give an answer in a week.
The document was drawn up from the Ukrainian side, now Kyiv is waiting for a recommendation “and then the ball will be on the side of the EU,” Zhovkva said. He clarified that the European Commission will have to issue recommendations on Ukraine’s compliance with the necessary criteria for membership in the European Union. According to him, Kyiv expects Ukraine to be granted the status of a candidate country for EU membership at a meeting of the European Council, which will be held in June.
Ukraine applied for fast-track accession to the European Union on February 28 after the start of the Russian military invasion. Speaking later to MEPs, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainians, at the cost of thousands of victims in the fight against Russian aggression, were able to convince the EU countries to unite in support of Ukraine. The country makes a European choice and wants to join the EU in order to become one of the equal European nations, Zelensky noted.
On March 11, at a press conference following the EU summit in Versailles, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the European bloc answers “no” to the application of the Ukrainian authorities to admit the country to the European Union under an accelerated procedure, since the country is at war.
On March 3, Georgia and Moldova also announced that they were applying for EU membership.
Both countries, like Ukraine, have territorial conflicts. Some of their territories are controlled by Russian-backed self-proclaimed republics. Both Moldova and Georgia, declaring their condemnation of Russian aggression against Ukraine, are acting extremely cautiously. They comply with Western sanctions against Russia, but do not impose their own.