EU officially grants Ukraine ‘EU candidate country’ status

According to Singapore’s “Lianhe Zaobao” website, citing Reuters, the European Union officially granted Ukraine the status of an “EU candidate country” on the 23rd local time, in what Kyiv and Brussels called a “historic moment”.

In addition to Ukraine, Moldova also officially became an “EU candidate country” at the EU summit in Brussels, the report said. Although it may take more than 10 years for the two countries to obtain EU membership.

“The future of Ukraine is in the European Union,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social media.

The report pointed out that before Ukraine and Moldova, Turkey, Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia and Montenegro have been granted “EU candidate country” status. The five countries have been waiting for years and have yet to formally join the EU.

On June 23, local time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted on the official social media that Ukraine won the EU candidate status, saying that this is a unique historical moment in Ukraine’s relations with the EU. He said that the future of Ukraine lies in the European Union.

Zelensky also thanked EU leaders for their support. Zelensky wrote on social media: “I sincerely welcome the decision of the EU leaders to give Ukraine EU candidate status. This is a unique and historic moment in Ukraine-EU relations. I thank Michel, von der Leyen and the EU Leader’s support. Ukraine’s future is in the EU.”