Press TV, Brussels
The embattled Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has hailed the European Union’s decision to grant his country candidate status for membership of the bloc, calling it the starting point of a new story for Europe.
But experts warn that E-U enlargement could eventually destroy the bloc. Press TV's Jerome Hughes reports from Brussels.
Meeting in the Belgian capital, EU leaders have agreed, in principle, to further expand the bloc along Russia's borders. Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia have moved a step closer to becoming the latest members of the 27-nation bloc.
Experts warn, that the bigger the EU becomes the harder it will be to reach an agreement on crucial issues.
Western Balkans leaders took part in the Brussels summit on Thursday. They are furious at having to wait two decades to join the EU while Ukraine's application is being fast-tracked. EU nation, Bulgaria, is blocking accession talks with North Macedonia over a dispute relating to history and language. The EU's enlargement process is crooked.
Due to systemic corruption in the country, political scientists say it could take many years for Ukraine to meet EU membership criteria, if ever. Putin is dead against Kiev joining NATO. He says the EU isn't an issue as it is not a military alliance.
But analysts warn Russia's position will almost certainly switch. The EU, originally set up as a peace project, is moving fast to create its army. Jerome Hughes, Press TV, at the European Council, Brussels.