French President Emmanuel Macron played a big role in granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for joining the European Union, and the visit of the leaders of France, Germany, Romania and Italy to Kyiv became a decisive moment.
This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on the air of the telethon, Ukrniform reports.
“It should be noted that French President Emmanuel Macron played a very important role, and I noticed that it was during the French presidency (in the EU Council – ed.) this decision was made. And it was a principled position to do it right now,” he said.
“Well, the turning point, to be honest with you, was the visit of four European leaders to Kyiv last week, last Thursday, and their conversation with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky,” Kuleba added.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy noted that at the time of the visit of the leaders of France, Germany, Romania and Italy there was still no final version of the position of the European Commission, and also noted that the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal and Germany had previously been skeptics of granting candidate status.
“It was a very fragile, very delicate, very gentle process, but everything worked out, everything is fine,” the minister summed up.
As reported, the heads of state and government of the European Union on Thursday decided to provide Ukraine status of an EU candidate country.
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis met with President Volodymyr Zelensky during their visit to Ukraine on June 16 and visited the city of Irpin Kyiv region.