“One of the most important decisions for Ukraine since its independence”: President Zelensky’s reaction to the announcement of the 27

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed Thursday “a unique and historic moment” after the attribution to Ukraine of the official status of candidate for the European Union by the Twenty-Seven, a decision awaited by kyiv in full Russian invasion.

“This is a unique and historic moment in Ukraine-EU relations,” Zelensky tweeted, saying that, in his view, “Ukraine’s future lies within the EU” .

“This is the starting point of a new story for Europe,” said the Ukrainian president again, this time facing the Twenty-Seven gathered at the European summit.

“Today you have taken one of the most important decisions for Ukraine since its independence thirty years ago (in 1991, editor’s note)”, greeted Mr. Zelensky in a videoconference speech. “This is the biggest step towards the (political) strengthening of Europe,” he said from kyiv.

Many other Ukrainian leaders reacted quickly to the announcement made in the evening by Charles Michel, the President of the European Council.

For Dmytro Kouleba, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, “today marks the beginning of a long journey that we will travel together”, he said in a short video shot in pairs with Josep Borrell, his European counterpart .

“Ukraine will win. Europe will win,” he tweeted. Before adding: “The Ukrainian people belong to the European family. The future of Ukraine is with the EU”.

Same story with Denys Chmygal, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, for whom “this historic day” marks “a new stage in the construction of Europe”.

“Official EU candidate status is about further reforms, wide-ranging rapprochement in all sectors of the economy and a process of full entry into the EU internal market,” he said. precise.

The head of the presidential administration Andriï Yermak also spoke of “the necessary reforms” for Ukraine to officially integrate the European Union in the future. “We want to become a member of the EU,” he insisted.

Ukraine is therefore officially a candidate for EU membership, a scenario still unimaginable at the start of the year, but which imposed itself on the Twenty-Seven with the Russian invasion.

However, the process could take years to complete.

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