Ukraine and the European Union (EU) will hold a high-level meeting on Friday in kyiv, the capital of that eastern European country that has resisted Russian invasion for almost a year, the Ukrainian prime minister said on Tuesday.
"The fact that this summit is taking place in kyiv is a strong signal to both our allies and our enemies," Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said after a government meeting.
The senior official stated that he expects from the meeting "a positive provisional assessment" of his country's efforts for European integration.
Before the summit, Ukraine and the European Commission will hold a meeting of "intergovernmental consultations" on Thursday.
These are "two extremely important events regarding Ukraine's European integration," the prime minister said.
The talks on Thursday and the summit on Friday will allow "Europe to believe in the victory of Ukraine" and support a fast move towards EU membership, Shmyhal said.
At the end of June 2022, the bloc granted candidate status to Ukraine, a strong symbolic gesture for the country at war. However, this process can take years to complete.
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