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France, Germany, Italy, and Romania support the immediate granting of EU candidate status to Ukraine

France, Germany, Italy, and Romania support the immediate granting of EU candidate status to Ukraine

Leaders of Germany, France, Italy, and Romania support granting of EU candidate status to Ukraine.

Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the government in Berlin backed Kyiv’s bid for EU candidate status. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, said, “we all four support the immediate EU candidate status.”

Candidate status is not the same as EU membership; it denotes the start of an often lengthy process toward joining the European Union.

“We appreciate your solidarity with our country and people,” Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram. Zelenskyy’s office said it handed over sanctions proposals to the European leaders during the meeting.

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