At the next summit of the Eastern Partnership, which will be held in Riga, the European Union may adopt a declaration confirming Ukraine's right to apply for EU membership. It was stated by the deputy of the Lithuanian Seimas, Prime Minister of Lithuania (1999-2000 and 2008-2012) Andrius Kubilius during his visit to Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Ukrainian media.
"Now the EU discusses the issue that the final documents of the summit should have a statement that seems to be obvious, but still does not appear in the European documents – that Ukraine is a European state. We are working hard to make this formula remain," the politician said.
He noted that the statement of this fact is needed to adjudicate the European perspective of Ukraine.
"In accordance with the Agreement of the EU, it will allow to assert that Ukraine has the right to apply for membership in the EU and can become a full member of the EU for the fulfillment of the Copenhagen criteria on respect for democracy," he said.
Kubilius also noted that the European perspective is a powerful incentive for radical reforms Ukraine needs.
It should be noted that so far, the summit declarations used "neutral" wording that Ukraine is "a European country."