Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama advised Ukrainians on June 22 “not to have any illusions” about the status of candidate granted by the European Union, stressing the length of the accession process while the Twenty-Seven must decide whether or not to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova.
“North Macedonia has been a candidate for seventeen years, if I haven’t lost count, and Albania for eight years, so welcome to Ukraine,” he quipped on his arrival in Brussels. to a meeting with EU leaders. “It’s a good thing to give status to Ukraine. But I hope that the Ukrainian people will not have many illusions,” added Edi Rama.
Wanting to be more optimistic, the President of the European Council Charles Michel for his part considered that the summit of June 23 was “a historic moment” on the geopolitical level. “A choice must be made today which will affect the future of the European Union, our stability, our security, our prosperity,” he declared on his arrival. As pointed out The cross, “kyiv has every chance of obtaining the status of candidate”, the most reluctant countries (the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal) having rallied to this perspective – which must be validated unanimously – under pressure from Paris, Berlin and Rome. The daily also recalls that candidate status has already been granted to five countries “without major progress”: Turkey (1999, a process now frozen), North Macedonia (2005), Montenegro (2010), Serbia (2012) and Albania (2014).
After the green light given on June 17 to the granting of EU candidate status by the European Commission, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured that Moscow had “nothing against” Ukraine’s integration into the EU. EU, insofar as the conclusion of a union, on the economic level, constituted “a sovereign decision” for any State. However, wondering about the usefulness of such an integration, both for the EU and for Ukraine, he specifically recalled Russia’s opposition to its neighbor becoming a “military zone”, because that would represent a threat to Russian security. It is notably in the name of the “demilitarization” and the “denazification” of Ukraine that Russia launched a military operation in this country at the end of February.