REACTIONS The Twenty-Seven met this Thursday, at a European summit in Brussels, to grant Ukraine the status of candidate for membership to the European Union

War in Ukraine: The country’s EU candidate status is a “strong signal” ;, believes Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron, on the left, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, on the right, on June 23, 2022. — Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP /SIPA

A new page opens. The status of candidate for the European Union granted this Thursday evening at; Ukraine and Moldova by the Twenty-Seven is a « very strong signal vis-à-vis Russia » French President Emmanuel Macron. Emmanuel Macron, whose country holds the six-monthly presidency of the Council of the EU, welcomed the “ a political gesture » of “ strong and united Europe », during a press conference in Paris. Brussels where a European summit is held. “ We have advanced to no giant » the French President.

War in Ukraine: EU candidate status for the country is a “strong signal”, says Emmanuel Macron

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“ All of this we owe to the Ukrainian people who are fighting to defend our values, their sovereignty, their integrity; territorial, we also owe it to; Moldova, given its political situation, the destabilizations it is undergoing and the generosity; which she was able to demonstrate &raquo ;, continued Emmanuel Macron. “ The process ahead will be demanding,» he warned.

EU Heads of State and Government have acknowledged that Ukraine and Moldova candidate status the EU, and granted “ a European perspective » to Georgia, which will still have to carry out reforms before obtaining this status. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed “ a major moment, a very good day for Europe ». This decision « strengthens us all », « it strengthens Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia against the odds. Russian aggression », she said.