Ukraine is “ready to work” to become a full European Union member, President Zelensky said after meeting four visiting EU leaders for talks in Kyiv.
At a news conference in the Ukrainian capital French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis all publicly backed Kyiv’s bid to join the bloc.
EU leaders are holding a summit next week at which Kyiv’s application to become a candidate for membership is likely to be given a green light.
Italy’s Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, reaffirmed his support for Ukraine’s hopes of joining the European Union.
He said Italy wants Ukraine to have EU candidate status and will support this position at next week’s European Council meeting.
Prime Minister Draghi adds Italy wants to see an end to the conflict.
However, “any diplomatic solution cannot be separated from the will of Kyiv”.