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US state department applauds EU expansion decision

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Brussels, 15 December 2023 (TDI): The US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller congratulates European Council Decisions on the enlargement of the European Union (EU) on December 14, in Brussels, Belgium.

The US State Department’s official statement revealed the commitment and support of the US for the EU growth process. The development decisions were to open EU negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova and grant EU candidate status to Georgia. Furthermore, the EU aimed to open negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jim O’Brien announced, “An exciting moment for our foreign partnership.” The US urges the European Council and community to seize the momentum and realize their democratic and economic potential to secure the future of Europe.

European Union (EU) condemns Russia’s war of violence against Ukraine and constitutes it as a violation of the UN Charter. The Council reiterates that it will continue to support Ukraine militarily and defense-wise to help deter and resist destabilization efforts in prospect.

Moreover, the Council looks forward to Russia and its leadership being held accountable for their serious violations of international law along with the massive damage caused by this war.

Also Read: EU Demands Ukraine War Accountability

According to US Ambassador to Kyiv Bridget A. Brink, “As capitals in Europe and America consider important decisions for Ukraine, Russia sends hypersonic missiles to the capital and around the country.” Furthermore, she added, “These are plain and simple attacks of deliberate aggression. We stand with Ukraine and the free world against illegal attacks.”

Subsequently, the US supports the expansion of the European Union and expected candidate countries as they continue critical decisions on the path to EU membership. The US has invested over $35 billion to support the US troop stationing in Europe.

The European Union adopted the ‘EU Strategic Compass’ in March 2022, which signifies the strategic importance of partnerships with the US and NATO.  

 

Hamail Tahir
Hamail Tahir
A student of MPhil in Strategic Studies at National Defence University Islamabad (NDU). She is eager to understand the global changing dynamics and how states use their national interests to acquire regional hegemony. Her focus primarily lies in diplomatic and strategic initiatives during peace and conflict paradigms and can be reached at hamail.tahir@gmail.com

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