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EU to reportedly start accession talks with Ukraine by Dec.

The European Union is preparing to officially open negotiations with Ukraine on its future accession to the bloc, Politico reported Tuesday, citing several sources familiar with the matter.

Three diplomats told Politico today that the bloc is poised to give Kiev the green light, a move that will likely be complex. However, according to one of the sources, "the working assumption is indeed that by December, the European Council will decide to open negotiations." Another person stated that the ambition "is to agree politically in December," adding that a legal decision on accepting Ukraine could occur by early 2024.

Ukraine is legally bound to fulfill seven conditions set by the Commission, among them judicial reforms and the fight against corruption. As of August, only two of the seven conditions had been met.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / JG