French EU minister calls for ‘positive signal’ to Ukraine’s EU bid –

Being open to Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union is necessary, French EU Minister Clément Beaune said after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv.

“We must give a positive signal as soon as possible” even if “launching an accession process takes time,” Beaune told broadcaster France Inter on Tuesday (14 June).

“The urgency is to stop the war, to rebuild Ukraine and then to make it join under good conditions, both for the EU and for Ukraine,” he added.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who recently made a surprise trip to Kyiv, said, “we want to support Ukraine in its EU journey”.

The European Council will decide whether to grant Ukraine candidate country status at the end of June after the European Commission’s opinion this week.

French President Emmanuel Macron may also have the opportunity to express his views on the issue during his trip to Romania and Moldova.

Macron visited “the French troops deployed in Romania as part of the NATO forward presence” on Tuesday (14 May), the Elysée confirmed. On Wednesday, he will travel to Moldova.

Italian and German media reported that Macron could travel to Kyiv alongside Italian and German leaders Mario Draghi and Olaf Scholz on Thursday.

The Elysée Palace did not confirm this information, stating that “the president will go to Ukraine in due course” and that “several options are being studied.”

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