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Breaking: EU recommends opening talks with Ukraine on accession to bloc

EU officials recommend Ukraine start membership talks amid Russian invasion challenges; Zelenskyy supports the “right step.” Concurrently, the EU proposes similar measures for Moldova and candidate status to Georgia.
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Ukraine, EU flags on Kyiv’s central street Khreshchatyk. Credit: giz.de
Breaking: EU recommends opening talks with Ukraine on accession to bloc

On 8 November, top EU officials recommended that Ukraine be invited to begin membership talks as soon as it meets final conditions, taking Kyiv a step closer to its major strategic goal even amid the ongoing Russia’s invasion, Reuters reported.

“The Commission recommends that the (EU) Council opens accession negotiations with Ukraine,” said the European Commission.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the European Commission’s recommendation to open formal membership talks with Ukraine was the “right step” for Ukraine and the EU.

The EU’s executive arm also proposed formal talks with Moldova and candidate status for Georgia.

Earlier this year, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stated that Ukraine has an ambitious plan to be fully ready for EU accession within two years.

A national poll conducted in July showed that if a referendum on Ukraine’s membership in the EU was held, 85% of Ukrainians living in Ukraine and 83% of those living abroad would support Ukraine’s membership in the EU.

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