“We discussed the priorities of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of the year,” Zelenskyj wrote. According to him, it is important that Ukraine is one of the main priorities of the Czech Presidency.
Thanked 🇨🇿 PM @P_Fiala for the consistent support of granting 🇺🇦 the status of a candidate for EU membership. Discussed the priorities of the Czech presidency in @EUCouncil in the 2nd half of the year. It’s important that the main priority of @EU2022_CZ is 🇺🇦. #EmbraceUkraine
– Volodymyr Zelenskyy (@ZelenskyyUa) June 22, 2022
His statement does not indicate when he spoke to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
At the two-day summit in Brussels, which begins on Thursday, the presidents and prime ministers of the 27-nation bloc will decide whether to grant Ukraine candidate status for the European bloc.
Last week, the European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be granted candidate status. Following the positive views of the top leaders of France, Germany and Italy during their visit to Ukraine last week, the necessary unanimous agreement is generally expected.
Kyiv applied for membership in the European bloc just days after Russian invasion forces invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Fiala was one of the first foreign top officials to come to Ukraine and negotiate with Zelenský. The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic went to the country by train in mid-March together with the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and now the former head of the Slovenian government, Janez Janša.