Ukraine expects tangible practical results of the EU-Ukraine Summit, as well as a positive assessment of the implementation of the European Commission's recommendations, which will make it possible to start pre-accession negotiations in 2023.
This was stated by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in his online speech at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, January 23.
"We have high expectations from the EU-Ukraine Summit on February 3 and the joint meeting of the Government of Ukraine and the College of Europe on the eve of the Summit. We expect tangible practical results from both events," the Minister said.
Dmytro Kuleba reminded that Ukraine was finalizing the implementation of the European Commission's recommendations and was looking forward to a positive report from the European Commission this spring. He emphasized that Ukraine also expected a positive assessment of its efforts to implement the recommendations to be included in the final declaration of the EU-Ukraine Summit on February 3.
"We are convinced that the pre-accession negotiations should start as soon as possible after Ukraine's implementation of the recommendations and the European Commission's positive assessment. Ukraine is making every effort and I am convinced that we should start pre-accession negotiations by the end of 2023. No games or narrow political interests should stand in the way," the Ukrainian Foreign Minister emphasized.