Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski have agreed that the countries are companions, not competitors on the EU integration path.

“Met with President of the Republic of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski. Skopje’s support of Ukraine in these tense times remains steadfast. Ukraine will always remember this. We also agree that on the EU integration path Ukraine and North Macedonia are companions, not competitors,” Kuleba posted on Twitter following the meeting with Pendarovski on May 25.

As reported, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers it unfair to link Ukraine’s EU candidate status to progress in the integration of the Western Balkans and calls on Europe to seek solutions, not excuses.

A reminder that, on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, starting a war. Russian troops are shelling and destroying the key infrastructure facilities, launching missile and air strikes on residential areas in Ukrainian cities and villages, torturing and murdering civilians.