"It is clear to me today that Ukraine is explicitly a part of Europe, so Ukraine's very convincing application for membership – full-fledged membership – in the European Union is understandable to me ... We insist on Ukraine's full-fledged membership in the European Union. We want to carry out in-depth reform in the European Union, and it will also be a lesson from this war of aggression," Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Annalena Baerbock said at a joint briefing with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
According to her, now is not the time to "examine the paragraphs". The time has come to take a very clear stance between war and peace.
"We will find a way for Ukraine's participation in the European Union, and we will confirm that Ukraine belongs to the European Union," the German minister stressed.
As reported, on May 9, Ukraine submitted the second part of the questionnaire to obtain the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union.
On April 18, President Volodymyr Zelensky handed over the first part of the questionnaire to Matti Maasikas, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. The questionnaire was submitted to the Ukrainian side personally by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during her visit to Kyiv on April 8.
Zelensky signed the application for Ukraine's membership in the European Union on February 28, 2022.