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Ukraine's EU candidate status only possible because of war, Macron says

UKRAINE’S European Union candidate status was formally recommended today as France admitted it was only possible because of the ongoing war. 

President Emmanuel Macron said that Kiev would not have been able to apply under normal circumstance in an interview with French channel BFM TV. 

“Ukraine normally should not have been a candidate. Getting candidate status means a process that can last for years, Serbia’s case is an example. 

“It is only a chapter in negotiations. We are doing that because military activities are underway and we think that it is right,” he said. 

Mr Macron stressed that the same view was held by Germany, Italy and Romania whose leaders visited Ukraine alongside him earlier this week. 

The French president said that the move was a stirring political message for Ukraine as well as “a signal for Russia.”

“I hope that the same positive signal will be sent to Moldova, too, which has also been weakened by a separatist movement in Transnistria. It can also become a candidate,” he said. 

A decision will be made at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels next week.

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