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Macron feedback on ‘strong signal’ from EU to Russia

The French president praised the “political gesture” of providing candidacy to Ukraine and Moldova

Granting Ukraine and Moldova the standing of candidate for EU membership is a “political gesture” that sends a “strong signal” to Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Thursday. Even as Kiev and Chisinau celebrated, different EU leaders warned that the standing was largely symbolic, with years of reforms and negotiations earlier than precise membership can be within the playing cards.

The EU’s recognition of the “European perspective of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia is a strong signal towards Russia in the current geopolitical context,” Macron mentioned at a press convention in Brussels. Granting candidate standing to Ukraine and Moldova sends “a very strong message,” he added.

“We owe this to the Ukrainian people. They’re fighting for our values,” Macron mentioned. “From day one of this conflict Europe has been reacting in a quick, historic and united way. Firstly with the sanctions, then macro economic, military and financial support and now by this political gesture.”

European Council President Charles Michel additionally known as it “a historic moment” and a “crucial step” on Ukraine and Moldova’s path in direction of the EU.

“27 times yes!” mentioned German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, referring to the variety of member international locations. “Here’s to good cooperation in the European family!”

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo additionally praised the “symbolic message” of the EU’s choice, however famous that this doesn’t imply Kiev can be becoming a member of the bloc anytime quickly. That is “a process of many years with a lot of reforms which will be very difficult,” he mentioned.

The strategy of becoming a member of the EU consists of 35 chapters, and might be suspended or reversed at any level. EuroNews described it as “lengthy, complex and often tortuous.”

The European Commission is demanding Ukraine perform seven main reforms by the tip of the 12 months, together with implementing a regulation “meant to curb the excessive influence of oligarchs in the economy” and “the protection of national minorities” – which presumably might seek advice from Russian-speakers or ethnic Hungarians within the west of the nation. 

By turning into candidates, Ukraine and Moldova be a part of Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey within the EU’s ready room. Ankara has been a candidate since 1999. Meanwhile, the previous Soviet republic of Georgia was merely given an EU “perspective,” with candidacy contingent on additional political reforms. 

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