EU dispute over Ukraine - the request was rejected
It is impossible to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine today.Source: B92
"It is impossible to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine today", this was confirmed by the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda.
He said that "the heroic Ukrainian people deserves to know that they are welcome in the EU."
The Prime Minister of Slovenia stated that there are disagreements among the leaders of the European Union over the membership of Ukraine.
"We could invite Ukraine to EU talks, but without membership in the Union," the Belgian prime minister said.
"Ukraine must follow all the necessary procedures before becoming an EU member, but closing the door on them would be a mistake," said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.
EU membership requires a lot of reforms and it is logical to go step by step, otherwise we would have member states that are not ready for that, he said before the meeting on the second day of the EU Summit.
"On the other hand, it would be a big mistake to close the door to countries, such as Ukraine, which feel threatened. We must constantly work with them," he said.