The European Parliament supports Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership

The European Parliament approved the adoption of a resolution supporting the granting of EU candidate country status to Ukraine and Moldova.

529 voted in favor of the resolution, while 45 voted against and another 14 politicians abstained.

The European Parliament also called on the leaders of the Union to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidate country for accession to the Union without delay and stressed the leading role of the Union in exceptional geopolitical circumstances.

He called the summit to open the via accession to the Balkan countries.

This happens as the Union leaders’ meeting ended today without reaching an agreement or issuing a statement due to differences between member states, according to the Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath correspondent.

symbolic move

EU leaders should formally start Ukraine on the long road to EU membership in a two-day summit in Brussels, giving it the status of official candidate.

The move is in largely symbolic, but it will still help to lift the morale of the Ukrainians in a very difficult moment of the conflict which lasted four months and which killed thousands of people, displaced millions of people and reduced in rubble villages and cities.

Impact on the economy

The conflict has also had a huge impact on the global economy and European security provisions, driving up the prices of gas, oil and food and prompting the European Union to reduce its heavy dependence on Russian energy. He also urged Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership.

Interestingly, many diplomats have repeatedly stressed that the step to joining the European Union could take a decade or more for Ukraine to meet the criteria and conditions for this membership, including the fight against corruption and the issue of human rights, of minorities, democracy and others.

However, many European leaders argued that Ukrainians were fighting for European values ​​of democracy and that the bloc should make a gesture in acknowledging their sacrifice.

Moscow, which launched a military operation on February 24 in Ukrainian territory, he had repeatedly warned of that step, and put in guard against the danger of the expansion of Western alliances, in particular of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which considers a spearhead against it.

It also felt that Kiev’s accession to the Union would pave the way for its entry into NATO, which it sees as a red line for its national and strategic security.

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