"The EaP has never been related to whom the next member state will be", Ratas said upon his arrival at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit, responding to ERR's question whether Estonia supports Ukraine becoming a member of the European Union someday.
They will also discuss how to cooperate further to create stronger economies, governance, connectivity and societies in the six participating countries.
The 5th Eastern Partnership summit kicked off in Brussels on November 24. But despite efforts by Ukraine and other countries, reports suggested the declaration would make no mention of a "European perspective" for these six countries.
The final text of this year's declaration features the same language as the Riga declaration concerning the potential future European Union accession of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, each of which have signed Association Agreements with the 28-member bloc.
It is planned that in their final declaration the summit's participants will acknowledge "the European aspirations and European choice" of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which have signed association agreements with the EU.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU's partnership with the six states was "very important for our own security", without mentioning Russian Federation specifically.
Before making plans for future cooperation, the parties will take stock of what has been achieved since the last summit in Riga in 2015, focusing on the tangible benefits delivered to the citizens of the six Eastern Partnership countries.
In April, the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group countries, which brings together Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, voiced "strong support" for the Eastern Partnership, which they said was key to stability and economic growth in Eastern Europe.