Poland, seven other EU states urge for Ukraine’s swift candidacy to EU

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The presidents of eight Central and Eastern European countries, including Poland, called on European Union member states to immediately grant Ukraine an EU candidate country status.

In an open letter published on Monday, the presidents of Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia on Monday said that they "strongly believe that Ukraine deserves receiving an immediate EU accession perspective."

They called on the bloc's member states "to consolidate highest political support to Ukraine and enable the EU institutions to conduct steps to immediately grant Ukraine a EU candidate country status and open the process of negotiations."

"In this critical moment, we reiterate our full solidarity with Ukraine and its People," the presidents also wrote.

The letter is a response to Ukraine's membership application for accession to the EU, signed on Monday by the country's President Volodymyr Zelensky.