Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said that Ukraine would not become a member of the European Union “neither in a year, nor in a week,” adding that this would happen no later than the middle of this century.
In an interview with RTVI, he said: “Ukraine will not become a member of the European Union either in a year or a week. I hope she doesn’t become a member in the middle of this century. I think it will happen sooner.”
He added that granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate country is a political and symbolic signal, while noting that EU countries should prepare a broad plan that includes reforms and other steps that Ukraine must take to join the European Union. Union. He stressed that the priority today is the restoration of the Ukrainian economy and Ukrainian infrastructure.
Last Friday, the European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be granted EU candidate status, meaning that the two countries must take concrete steps and reforms to start negotiations on their accession to the EU.
Source: RIA Novosti