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Reuters: Spain’s PM wants EU membership talks with Ukraine before year-end

Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez delivering a speech from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv on 1 July 2023. Photo: screenshot from a video published on Sánchez’s Twitter
Reuters: Spain’s PM wants EU membership talks with Ukraine before year-end

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he hoped to open EU membership talks between the bloc and Ukraine before the end of his country’s six-month presidency of the EU Council in December, according to Reuters.

“I kicked off the Spanish presidency with a trip to Kyiv and I hope to close it with the opening of accession negotiations with this country, now that the European Commission’s report is known,” Sanchez told a plenary session of the European Parliament.

The Spanish prime minister said that “the time has come for the EU to open its doors and integrate Ukraine, and also Moldova and the countries of the West Balkans”.

On 8 November, top EU officials recommended that Ukraine be invited to begin membership talks as soon as it meets final conditions.

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