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State Department Spokesperson: We support further integration of Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia with their European neighbors

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The Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Ned Price Wednesday said the United States supports the further integration of Ukraine and Moldova and Georgia as well with their European neighbours. Ned Price stated that over the course of now decades Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have expressed a desire for a closer relationship, closer proximity with the West, while the United States has worked with all three of these countries to help them develop their democratic institutions. “We maintain our longstanding commitment to a Europe that is whole, that is free, and that is at peace, and we support the further integration of Ukraine and Moldova and Georgia as well with their European neighbours. When it comes to Ukraine and Moldova (inaudible) European Union.” For all of these countries, though, these are countries that over the course of now decades have expressed a desire for a closer relationship, closer proximity with the West. The United States has worked with all three of these countries to help them develop their democratic institutions, to help them develop their system of checks and balances; to help them develop their economies that are integrated with Europe and with the West; and we will continue to stand by them going forward,” Price asserted. On June 17, European Commission published a recommendation to greenlight EU candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova, while Georgia should meet certain conditions first. Until then, it benefits from a ‘European perspective.’ On June 23-24, the Georgian government will receive a response from the European Council to its application for EU membership, which the country has completed together with Ukraine and Moldova.