Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the European Commission’s recommendation for talks on Ukraine’s EU accession, describing it as a “strong and historic step.” In a press conference, Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude to Japan for their support during Ukraine’s G7 presidency, highlighting their important contributions of energy aid and the resumption of JICA office activities in Kyiv.
Addressing the progress made by Ukraine in developing state institutions, the European Commission acknowledged the country’s achievements. However, they also pointed out the need to address shortcomings in fighting corruption and to limit the influence of oligarchs. The fight against corruption remains a key condition for initiating talks on Ukraine’s EU accession.
Reaffirming their commitment to supporting Ukraine, G7 foreign ministers emphasized the importance of independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. The G7 nations vowed to stand by Ukraine in its ongoing struggle for stability and security.
The start of talks on Ukraine’s EU accession is now imminent, pending the fulfillment of remaining conditions related to combating corruption. Once these conditions are met, negotiations are expected to commence, bringing Ukraine one step closer to its long-awaited membership in the European Union. The discussions will aim to strengthen Ukraine’s ties with the EU and promote further economic and political integration.
President Zelenskyy’s positive reaction reflects the hopes and aspirations of the Ukrainian people, who anticipate a future that aligns with European values and standards. As Ukraine continues its journey towards EU integration, the support and cooperation of international partners will be crucial in achieving the desired transformation and fostering continued progress.
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