France, Germany, Italy and Romania back ‘immediate’ EU candidate status for Ukraine

France, Germany, Italy and Romania are all in favor of Ukraine receiving “immediate” official candidate status to join the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron says in Kyiv.

“All four of us support the status of immediate candidate for accession,” he says at a joint press conference with Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian premier Mario Draghi and Romanian leader Klaus Iohannis who all arrived by train in the Ukrainian capital earlier today.

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