EU confirms Tuesday launch of Ukraine, Moldova membership talks

NNA -nbsp;EU countries on Friday formally approved launching accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova next week, a landmark event for the two countries at the start of their long path towards joining the bloc.

European Union ministers will start negotiations first with Ukraine and then with Moldova in Luxembourg on Tuesday, said Belgium, which holds the bloc#39;s rotating presidency.

Ukraine#39;s President Volodymyr Zelensky called the start of talks a quot;historic stepquot;.

quot;Millions of Ukrainians, and indeed generations of our people, are realising their European dream,quot; the Ukrainian leader wrote on X.

quot;Ukraine is returning to Europe, where it has belonged for centuries, as a full-fledged member of the European community,quot; he added.

Ukraine — followed by its neighbour Moldova — lodged its application to join the 27-nation EU in the wake of Russia#39;s 2022 invasion. –AFP