Ukraine: the expected green light of the EU is a signal to Moscow

Ukraine: the expected green light of the EU is a signal to Moscow

Ukraine: expected « green light

Brussels: at the EU summit   Ukraine: expected «green light» The EU is a signal to Moscow

Meanwhile, the German chancellor called for the reform of «internal procedures» European Union

European leaders on Thursday officially approve Ukraine as a candidate for EU membership.

“Today, the EU sends a signal of solidarity to the people of Ukraine, saying (to Ukrainians): you belong to the European family, you belong to the EU,” Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin said upon arrival at the EU summit.

the green light of the EU” “is a signal to Moscow that Ukraine, as well as other countries of the former Soviet Union, cannot belong to the Russian sphere of influence,” Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU Vsevolod Chentsov told Reuters.

If Ukraine and Moldova are expected to be accepted as candidates, then Georgia will be offered a “European perspective” but emphasized that it will have to fulfill a number of conditions before being granted candidate status.

Recall that restraint on the issue of EU enlargement, it slowed down the process of accession to it by a group of Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – whose leaders met with their EU counterparts in Brussels this morning.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said as he arrived for a meeting with EU leaders on the eve of the summit: “Greetings to Ukraine, granting candidate status is good, but I hope that the Ukrainian people will have no particular illusions about this.”

Ukraine's rapid path to official candidate status has heightened the feeling in these countries that they are on the sidelines.

Many believe that such sentiments are fraught with growing Russian and Chinese influence in the Balkans.

“The longer the EU does not send a single and clear signal to the Western Balkans, the more there will be … harmful factors affecting this space, exploiting the (emerging) … vacuum,” said Kosovo President Vyosa Osmani .

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said this week that the EU should “reform its internal procedures” to prepare for the entry of new members.

In doing so, he emphasized the need for harmonization key questions by prince on the basis of a qualified majority, but on the principle of unanimity.