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Macron played a big role in granting Ukraine candidate status – Kuleba

According to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, the turning point was the visit to Kyiv of the heads of four European powers and their conversation with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

French President Emmanuel Macron played a big role in granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership. About it on the air of the national telethon declared Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba.

The diplomat stressed that four months ago Ukraine did not have a European perspective, and even a week ago this issue remained shaky.

“The list of skeptics has been well known for a long time. These are the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Germany were also in this camp,” Kuleba recalled.

However, as the minister noted, it was possible to “put pressure on, twist, and convince.”

The turning point in the issue of granting Ukraine candidate status occurred during the visit of the heads of four EU countries to Kyiv last week, the diplomat believes. The decisive moment was their conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Kuleba says.

“It was a very fragile process, but everything worked out,” the minister said.

According to him, it was Macron who played a big role in this, and the issue was approved just under the French presidency.

According to the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ukraine’s path to obtaining candidate status was very long.

“The Maidan is the first, the second, blood, tears, pain, war, endless hours of negotiations, but there is a result. We did it together as a country, this is our result,” Kuleba commented.

Remember June 23 The European Parliament supported granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate. The vast majority of deputies supported the resolution in support of Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership. Later that day The European Council also supported the granting of candidate status to Ukrainewhich was the final stage of the procedure.

Previously Focus in his article he described in detail what the status of an EU candidate means and how will the European integration of Ukraine.

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