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The Austrian government wants Ukraine and the Western Balkans to get a “green light” in the EU together

Austria supports the rapprochement of Ukraine with the European Union, but believes that the “green light” for moving in this direction should be given simultaneously to Ukraine and the countries of the Western Balkans

According to Ukrinform, Karoline Edtstadler, Minister of the Austrian Federal Chancellery for European Affairs, said this at a press conference.

“If we want to give Ukraine a green light, then it should also be for Albania and North Macedonia. If Ukraine needs to be given candidate status, then Bosnia and Herzegovina should also get candidate status,” Edtstadler said.

At the same time, she supported the rapprochement of Ukraine with the EU, calling it “an important signal.”

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Along with this, as APA, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, during a visit to North Macedonia, spoke about the risk of Russia destabilizing the situation in southeastern Europe. He also called for a “reliable EU perspective” for the six countries of the Western Balkans. “We must not be mistaken in believing that Russia is looking only at Ukraine,” the Austrian minister said.

According to him, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “an attack on our way of life”, and therefore affects the Western Balkans, with “tremendous explosive power.” “Russia can also harm other regions without firing a single shot,” Schallenberg said.

Read also: The future of a united Europe is closely connected with Ukraine – President of the European Parliament

As Ukrinform reported, on April 18, President Volodymyr Zelensky handed over the completed first part of the questionnaire for Ukraine to obtain the status of a candidate for EU membership to Head of the European Union Delegation Matti Maasikas. This questionnaire was personally handed over to the Ukrainian side by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during his visit to Kyiv on April 8.

On May 9, Ukraine completed the second part of the questionnaire for obtaining candidate status for membership in the European Union.

Zelensky signed an application for membership in the European Union on February 28, 2022.

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