Zelensky announced the need for four countries to join the EU

According to the Ukrainian president, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia should become full members of the European Union. These countries, except Ukraine, already have the status of EU candidates and have supported granting it to Kyiv

Vladimir Zelensky

Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia should become full members of the EU, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said following the results negotiations with the leaders of the Balkan states. The broadcast of the press conference was published on the Telegram of the head of the republic.

“Our countries should be full members of the EU, and we agree that our states are not competitors on this European path, but only enhance each other's capabilities” ;,— said Zelensky.

According to him, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia supported granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership.

Now the candidates are Turkey (1999), North Macedonia (2005), Serbia (2012), Montenegro (2012) and Albania (2014).

Zelensky applied to join the European Union at the end of February, days after the start of the Russian military operation. The Ukrainian side had to fill out a questionnaire to obtain candidate status. At the beginning of May, Kyiv handed over the last part of the answers to Brussels.

On June 13, Politico, citing several officials, reported that the European Commission is inclined to recommend granting Ukraine the status of a state— candidate for the EU. It must make a decision on June 17, and EU leaders will discuss it on June 23 & 24. According to Bloomberg, several countries have already objected, notably Denmark and the Netherlands.

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