Zelenskiy: Ukraine could be the EU candidate in a few weeks

April 18 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on Monday formally submitted a full questionnaire on EU membership to an ambassador and said he hoped the move would lead his country to candidate status within weeks.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen handed Zelenskiy a questionnaire during his visit to Kyiv on April 8, promising to expedite Ukraine’s efforts to become a member of the European Union following Russia’s invasion. read more

Zelenskiy submitted the completed document to the EU ambassador to Ukraine, footage released by his government of the meeting shows.

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“We firmly believe that this process (granting of candidate status) will take place in the coming weeks, and considering the price they have paid on the path to independence and democracy, it will be in the interest of the history of our people,” he said.

The deputy head of Zelenskiy’s office said on Monday that he expected Ukraine to be granted candidate status in June at a scheduled meeting of the European Council of EU member states.

The European Commission, the governing body of the European Union, should issue a recommendation on Ukraine’s compliance with the required membership criteria, he added.

As a candidate country, Ukraine will begin negotiations to incorporate its laws into the legal framework of the European Union. See the box: Read more

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Reported by Lydia Kelly and Connor Humphries; Editing by Stephen Coates and Pravin Sir

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