Ukraine unlikely to get EU candidate status soon, says Rutte

However, Rutte believes Ukraine could still obtain potential candidate status and then be told what reforms it must make to help ensure Ukraine is “not demotivated,” Rutte added.  [EPA-EFE/Sem van der Wal]

Ukraine’s chances of obtaining EU candidate status soon are slim because many member countries oppose the idea and it would be unfair to the Western Balkans that have been waiting for membership for so long, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told parliament on Monday.

Several Dutch parties, including D66, PvdA, and GroenLinks, call for Ukraine to quickly receive EU candidate status, but Rutte’s ruling VVD party remains hesitant.

However, Rutte believes Ukraine could still obtain potential candidate status and then be told what reforms it must make to help ensure Ukraine is “not demotivated,” Rutte added.

Although Rutte does not see Ukraine joining the EU anytime soon, he believes this could change as every European country should have a chance to join as long as the conditions are met.

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