15 Dec 2023

Ukraine has the green light for EU membership talks

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 15 December 2023
Belgium, Brussels, 2023-02-09. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press during a press conference of the special European Council. Photograph by Diego Ravier / Hans Lucas.  Belgique, Bruxelles, 2023-02-09. Le president ukrainien Volodymyr Zelensky s adresse a la presse lors d une conference de presse du Conseil europeen special
Photographie de Diego Ravier / Hans Lucas. (Photo by Diego Ravier / Hans Lucas / Hans Lucas via AFP)

Photo: AFP / Diego Ravier

European leaders have not only decided to begin talks with Ukraine, the door is also open for Moldova and for Georgia to be granted candidate status.

The sudden move has come at a summit in Brussels with a spokesperson for the European Council President saying the agreement was unanimous.

Hungary which has previously held out - on having talks with Ukraine, did not oppose the move.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says he's delighted with the EU announcement.

Freelance journalist Rosie Birchard has been at the summit.