EU leaders back 'immediate' candidate status for Ukraine

(VOVWORLD) - France, Germany, Italy, and Romania are all in favour of Ukraine receiving the “immediate” official status of EU candidate, leaders of the four EU countries said Thursday during a visit to Ukraine.
EU leaders back 'immediate' candidate status for Ukraine - ảnh 1(Left to right) Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis meet at the Mariinsky Palace in Kyiv on June 16, 2022 (Photo: AFP)

All four support Ukraine’s immediate candidacy for accession, French President Emmanuel Macron told a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. Macron promised to send more weapons to Ukraine.

During their first visit to Ukraine since the Ukraine-Russia conflict began February, the four leaders discussed further sanctions against Russia and postwar reconstruction.

Russia's chief negotiator said on Thursday that Moscow is ready to restart peace talks with Ukraine, but has yet to receive a response to its latest proposals.

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