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EU may unveil negotiation framework for Ukraine's membership talks in coming weeks

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The European Union may present a framework for negotiations with Ukraine on EU membership in the coming weeks, announced European Commission spokeswoman, Ana Pisonero, at a briefing on Feb. 9.

The conditions for Ukraine's EU membership have not changed, Pisonero said.

"There are no shortcuts in the enlargement process. This is a merit-based process. You can see very clearly in the reports what Ukraine has done in order to get here."

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Ukraine's progress has been “impressive" and, despite the challenges of war, Ukrainians managed to "continue to deliver and to keep their Parliament going and to keep on addressing the reforms that they had to address," Pisonero said.

"We all know what Ukraine is facing.”

While she couldn't provide a specific timeframe, Pisonero said that “the process is advancing in terms of drafting the negotiations framework.”

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“There are the indications that we should be able to present it to the Member States in the coming weeks," she said.

At a summit on Dec. 14, during which 26 EU member states approved starting Ukraine’s EU accession negotiations, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán left the hall during the vote.

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna said that the European Council's decision to start negotiations with Ukraine on EU accession does not contain any additional conditions.

The Brussels-launched screening process marks an important stage in Ukraine's preparation for EU accession talks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Jan. 25.

European Council President, Charles Michel, earlier said that Ukraine could join the EU in 2030.

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