First world european countries France, Germany and Italy, have shown their support alongside Romania for Ukraine; in its bid to become a part of the European Union.
All three nations—currently holding the largest economies in europe saw their leaders arrive in Kyiv, and were joined by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, in a trip tagged as the highest profile visit to the war-laden country since the Russian invasion began.
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, all arrived the Ukrainian capital on June 16, after travelling all night by train to extend required backings to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy; who has continued to voice the need for Ukraine to join the 27-member bloc,
Thursday’s trip is seen as timely, as the executive arm of the European Union is set to meet in less than 24 hours to potentially grant Ukraine a status of candidacy. According to President Zelenskyy, a full membership of the E.U. will show that the Ukrainians desire for a candidacy are beyond words. A news conference is expected to hold between Zelenskyy and the leaders of France, Germany and Italy in Kyiv.
Speaking after his arrival in Kyiv, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, echoed the need for confirmation of the support shown to Ukraine.
‘We are at a turning point in our history.. Every day the Ukrainian people are defending the values of democracy and liberty that are the pillars of the European project, of our project,’ he said.
Despite a membership being in the offing, Ukraine will still need the agreement of all 27-member states. Diplomats of E.U. have predicted that there will be divisions and heated debates. Howbeit, the support of France, Germany and Italy will prove handy in the decision eventually made. The process of granting membership will require an outlook on the bidding nation’s constitution, and must comply with the standards set at Brussels. Candidacy status will also take years to be acquired.
The European leaders visited the Irpin suburb; where the Russians had attempted to capture Kyiv. They then made their way to the scheduled meeting with President Zelenskyy.
A place in the European Union will put Ukraine advantageously, ending continued clamours from Zelenskyy that Ukraine be placed under the special, expedited procedure to join the 27-member bloc.
However, top Ukrainian officials have negated the need for conditional membership, opining that Ukraine’s legal status should be looked at before the commencement of any discussion.