Borrell assessed the prospects for Ukraine to obtain the status of an EU candidate

Ukraine has a European culture, and the European Union can expand. Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy, said this in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche, answering a question about the possibility of granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership.

“Ukraine with its values, culture and history was already preparing to join Europe through reforms before the Russian invasion»,— said Borrell (quote from the website of the official journal of the EU).

The head of European diplomacy recalled that “in Thessaloniki, we promised the Western Balkans a European future.” (The summit at which Brussels began the process of integrating countries into the EU was held in 2003). “Some will succeed [becoming a candidate], others will not. What if we did the same for Ukraine?»,— asked Borrelle a question.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for EU membership on the fourth day of the Russian military operation, February 28. In May, the country's authorities handed over the completed questionnaire to Brussels, which is a mandatory step in the process of joining the European Union. On July 8, the European Parliament recommended

to the Council of the EU to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate for membership in the association.

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