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Finland ruled out Ukraine’s EU membership ahead of North Macedonia and Albania


Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto believes that Ukraine should not become a member of the EU before North Macedonia and Albania join the organization. It is reported by RT.

“I think it is very important to treat the different applications for EU membership in the same way. I am somewhat concerned about the development of the situation in the Western Balkan states: North Macedonia and Albania have been waiting for a very long time to join the European Union,” Haavisto said in an interview with the media group funky.

According to the Minister, it is only after the accession of these countries that the candidacies of Ukraine and Moldova should be processed.

Recall that North Macedonia applied for EU membership in 2004, Albania – in 2009, Ukraine – in 2022. All three countries have candidate status. Negotiations on North Macedonia’s accession to the EU began in 2005, on Albania’s accession – in 2014, negotiations on Ukraine’s accession have not yet started.

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