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Some EU countries are against candidate status for Ukraine, said in Warsaw


EU logo . File photoWARSAW, May 23.Several Western countries are blocking the granting of candidate status to Ukraine for membership in the European Union, Jakub Kumoch, head of the international policy bureau of the Office of the Polish President, told reporters on Monday in Warsaw. Kumoch said that the President of Poland Andrzej Duda will lobby for granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate at the economic forum in Davos. What Kyiv traded grain for “What will dominate in various behind-the-scenes conversations is the issue of granting Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the European Union,” he said, speaking about Duda's plans in Davos. “We are Poland, all of Central and Eastern Europe “We believe that we will overcome the resistance of several Western countries, which we consider unfounded. Granting Ukraine the status of a candidate, I emphasize, not admission to the European Union, but only the status of a candidate, costs nothing. The richest countries in Europe have no reason to be afraid of Ukraine. Why Poland Ukraine is not afraid, but should be afraid of countries that are much richer than Poland?” Kumoch added. Earlier, the French Foreign Ministry reported that Ukraine's application for EU membership would be discussed at the level of heads of state and government in the European Council in June.Ukraine's accession to the European Union may take up to 20 years, according to the French Foreign Ministry