French President Macron does not rule out a trip to Ukraine in the midst of war, but the visit is not yet planned

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President Emmanuel Macron does not rule out a trip to Ukraine, but such a trip is not currently planned, according to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Anne-Claire Legendre, spokesperson for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement on May 11, according to BFMTV. According to Legendre, there are no useful elements that could trigger Macron’s visit to Ukraine at the moment.

The French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said: “The situation has not changed, the president has not ruled out a trip to kyiv. At this stage, we believe there is no useful elements that could initiate this visit.”

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron said he would only fly to Kyiv or any other city in Ukraine if he thought it would help resolve the current conflict. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, meanwhile, had urged French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Ukraine to testify to evidence that Russian soldiers had committed “genocide”, a term Macron avoided using.

Ukraine’s EU membership could take decades, says President Macron

On May 9, the French president warned that Ukraine’s accession to the European Union could take decades, and he recommended forming a new political organization to bring together the countries of the continent that share the principles of EU but are not members of the group.

Emmanuel Macron said: “we all know perfectly well that the accession process (of Ukraine) would take several years, in fact probably several decades”.

Once candidate status has been granted, the EU accession process often takes years and any member state has the power to veto not only the final accession agreement, but also the opening and the closing of specific negotiating chapters. Since the start of the war on February 24, the 27 EU member states have been united in their support for Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion, imposing unprecedented economic sanctions on Moscow. However, leaders are divided on how quickly Brussels should admit Ukraine as a member and cut ties with Moscow in the energy sector.

Ukraine now only has an “association agreement” with the EU, which aims to open up Ukraine’s markets and bring it closer to Europe. It includes a comprehensive free trade agreement aimed at modernizing the Ukrainian economy. Eastern European countries are keen to press ahead with Ukraine’s membership application, but EU officials have warned the process could take years due to ongoing changes which must be completed before the war-torn country meets EU criteria.

(With contributions from the agency)

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