EU accepts Ukraine, Moldova as candidates

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Brussels, June 23 (BNA): European Union leaders on Thursday granted Ukraine the coveted status of official candidate to join their 27-nation club, a bold geopolitical step hailed by Kyiv and the EU itself as a "historic moment".

Although it could take Ukraine more than a decade to eventually join the bloc, the decision to officially accept it as a candidate is a symbol of the EU's intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union, Reuters said.

Six years to the day after Britons voted to leave the EU, Ukraine's neighbour Moldova was also granted candidate status and Georgia, another ex-Soviet state, was told it would get the same once it has fulfilled more conditions.