Georgian prime minister said that it is Georgia that should first get into the EU, and only then Ukraine
Georgian prime minister is dissatisfied with Ukraine's candidacy/Channel 24 collage
On June 23-24, at a meeting of the Council of Europe, Ukraine and Moldova will hear a verdict on granting them candidate status for EU membership. According to various sources, the decision will be positive, but with certain conditions that must be met first.
Reaction of the Georgian Prime Minister
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, is dissatisfied with such forcing the candidacy of Ukraine and Moldova. In his opinion, the European Union should first grant the status of a candidate for accession to Georgia, which has been implementing reforms for a long time and doing everything to get closer to Europe.
When they say that Ukraine in a state of war and therefore she should be granted status, I apologize if the granting of status is determined by war, we do not want war, friends, we demand a well-deserved status! he said.
The Georgian prime minister added that his country has been working on obtaining candidate status for 9 years, therefore it deserves a positive decision.
“We ask only this, I said it publicly, and in Davos, and in Bratislava, and in Brussels, we are not asking for anything special and undeserved, we are asking for a well-deserved status,” Garibashvili said.
He also added that if Europe makes an unfair decision, he will have to explain to citizens what are the main reasons for such a decision by the EU.
Ukraine's accession to the EU: latest news
- Ukraine will soon find out whether it will receive the status of a candidate for EU accession. Brussels correspondent Rikard Jozwiak suggests that Ukraine and Moldova will receive such a status, while Georgia's application will remain in limbo.
- It was previously known that large European countries were against granting Ukraine candidate status. They are afraid of the Russians and do not want to go into open confrontation with them. In addition, they are worried about the costs that will need to be incurred for the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.