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Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg spoke in favor of gradual integration of Ukraine into the EU, Welt reported.

According to him, in the case of Ukraine, the EU does not promise entry.

Ukraine's accession to the EU - if it takes place at all - is still very, very far away, he noted adding that the EU must give Ukraine a clear signal that the country is part of the European way of life and is anchored in our community of values.

On the other hand, Schallenberg called for concrete steps towards EU accession for the Western Balkans.

Accession must happen anyway, we promised it to these six countries, he noted.

According to him, the EU should make a final decision in June to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

Bosnia and Herzegovina also needs perspectives, residents of Kosovo should be able to enter the EU without a visa. We need to step up our game in the Western Balkans and get things done. It cannot be ruled out that Putin is also trying to destabilize the Western Balkans, he said.

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