The Czech Republic believes that negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union could begin this fall or early next year.
This was stated by Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, RBC-Ukraine reports citing ČTK.
According to him, yesterday's meeting of EU ministers in Kyiv was not only symbolic but also concerned practical solutions. Lipavsky noted that Ukraine will need EU assistance for some time to come.
"It was clearly stated that if Ukraine is in the European Union, it will be a clear guarantee of security because the European Union is also a peaceful project. But it is true that Ukraine has to change, to adapt its legislation to the EU legislation. It is still a long way off," Lipavsky said.
He noted that the Czech Republic's position was clearly expressed at the meeting that negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU should be opened in the fall or early next year.
"This is a technical process that will assess how prepared Ukraine is. It will be clear where it still needs to work," the Czech diplomat said.-
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 03/10/2023